SVG Year in Review: February
The month of February may include Valentines Day and Presidents Day, but for any American sports fan, the year’s shortest month is about just one holiday: Super Bowl Sunday. SVG was once again out in full force covering the efforts of primary rights-holder NBC Sports, as well as the seemingly endless line of other broadcasters and production entities on hand for the game in Indianapolis. While NBC’s primary focus was on the linear telecast, the network made history by streaming the Super Bowl online for the first time ever.
NEP rolled out nearly a dozen mobile units and 100 staffers to Indy in order to service NBC and others. Meanwhile, Corplex provided all three of its HD trucks to NFL Network, which was in Indy all week to cover a multitude of events leading up to the big game. And Game Creek was on hand for special episodes of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and other NBCUniversal programming from Indy. ESPN rolled out a long red carpet of its own for its plethora of shoulder coverage, including a dedicated studio set at Pan Am Plaza and an on-site crew of more than 400. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl world feed, which was distributed by the league to more than 180 countries and territories around the world in 25 languages, featured more networked audio than ever before.
The Super Bowl always serves a breeding ground for next-generation production technology and Indy was no different. Highlights included NAC Hi-Motion ultra-slo-mo cameras, wireless audio and video systems from Aerial Video Systems, and plenty of new transmission and file-sharing advancements. Check out these eye-catching pieces of gear along with the rest of the week’s festivities at SVG’s Super Bowl XLVI Photo Gallery.
Three weeks later, NASCAR and the NBA combined to create one of the biggest weekends on the 2012 sports calendar (or almost did, as persistent rain delayed the Daytona 500 until Monday). The NBA used its All-Star Weekend in Orlando as a prime opportunity to heal following a messy off-season lockout, while NASCAR revved up the jewel of its racing calendar in Daytona.
TNT’s production of the NBA All-Star Weekend from the state-of-the-art Amway Center in Orlando featured a mix of new toys and enhancements to old favorites. The highlight was a comprehensive fiber infrastructure rolled out by Bexel and CP Communications for TNT and NBA Entertainment. The network was centered around a Stagetec NEXUS router and AURUS digital audio consoles.
Fox Sports provided a technical refresh to its Daytona 500, including upgraded Gophercam and X-Mo camera systems from Inertia Unlimited. BSI’s in-car camera systems also received a technical lift that allowed for dual-stream delivery of live camera signals. Meanwhile, SPEED had already been at the track since early January, covering a variety of pre-race events.