Yesterday, Harris Corporation announced that Metrovision Production Group selected the the company’s 3 Gb/s-ready broadcast solutions — including the X50™ synchronizer and converter and Videotek® Compact Monitor Series — to outfit a new high-definition (HD) production truck that the media services company is building in partnership with Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network.
The 40-foot Metrovision HD-2 truck, which is equipped with a 31-foot expando and a Ku-band satellite dish, will be the nation’s largest hybrid production/Ku mobile unit. Metrovision HD-2 will be used to produce HD programming for all of YES Network’s college football and basketball and Yankees’ pre- and post-game shows, as well as other events such as the NCAA Basketball Tournament and Super Bowl XLIV. It’s scheduled to commence operations in February 2010.
Powering the new truck will be a fully interoperable Harris HD infrastructure comprising the company’s latest space-saving and energy-efficient broadcast solutions.
“We chose Harris to support our first partnership with YES Network because their portfolio offers some of the industry’s most advanced broadcast technology, as well as seamless interoperability that makes their solutions ideal for space-constrained production environments, ” said Metrovision president Jim McGillion. “The Platinum routers’ integrated multiviewer and ability to process all audio formats within the same frame eliminates the need for racks of external equipment and will provide us considerable savings on space, cabling, troubleshooting, power and cost.”
“Space- and energy-saving broadcast solutions are essential to success in today’s competitive mobile production market, ” said Harris Broadcast Communications president Tim Thorsteinson. “We’re pleased the latest Harris technology is enabling Metrovision to build one of the industry’s most advanced production trucks and YES Network to provide sports fans with an even better viewing experience.”