NewTek by B. A. Philips
It's March 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the road opener for Major League Soccer (MLS) club Sporting KC. Anticipation is running high and butterflies are aflutter in more than a few stomachs—not just in the locker room, as players ready for the game, but also in the satellite uplink truck parked outside the stadium.
Production of the away feed of this night's game between Chivas USA and Sporting KC on the Campus of California State University in Carson, is the first time Chris Wyche, Executive Vice President, Operations, for the metro Kansas City-based professional soccer club, and his streamlined production staff will use their new NewTek TriCaster 850, TriCaster 850 CS control surface and TimeWarp external replay controller for live game production.
Crammed into the truck's tight confines are the TriCaster 850 and control surface, technical director Craig Niedfeldt, the TimeWarp controller and a full complement of signal monitors, processing gear and other technology needed for satellite backhaul of the game from California, to fans watching on TV in Kansas City.
The brainchild of Wyche, this approach to field production is the next step in an evolving process launched the preceding season to provide viewers with away-game coverage that looks every bit as professionally produced as any other major sporting event on television at a fraction of the price normally associated with remote production.
Last season, Wyche, who also serves as executive producer of Sporting KC's television operation, approached production of away games with the goal of maintaining the highest production standards, while reducing costs. Although he wouldn't identify the exact dollar amount involved, Wyche used production of home games done with the Mansion Mobile Television HD truck as a baseline to illustrate what he wished to accomplish. read more...