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A year in the life of
T his time a year ago SIS LIVE was still glowing with
the pride that came from working to deliver outside
broadcast TV coverage and satellite connectivity for
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic events. At the time
2013 was billed as a fallow year for the live broadcasting
industry which, as we will see, was perhaps a slight fallacy.
We caught up with David Meynell, MD of broadcast and connectivity expert
SIS LIVE, who gave us a run-down of the various projects and events the
company has been involved in this past year.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the last IBC. In some ways it seems
like yesterday but then I start to think of everything that’s happened this year
and it’s not so inconceivable. The projects below are just some of those
we’ve been involved in this year.
Emmerdale Live - Having delivered live episodes of Coronation
Street and Eastenders in the past we were pleased to be asked to
support Emmerdale’s special 40th anniversary broadcast. The feedback
from production teams praised our staff for their calm professionalism
- as delivery of live TV is our bread and butter I feel we brought a
steadying hand to proceedings.
Freeze Festival - A few years back we designed and built our own
compact production vehicle and christened it SISCaster. This Sprinter
van, packed with modern technology including NewTek’s Tricaster, can
produce impressively comprehensive event coverage even with a small
number of crew. Freeze Festival, a winter sports and music event at
Battersea Power Station, was proof of this being delivered by a team of
just 3 people.
OB 14 launched at MediaCityUK
In October we officially unveiled our new OB 14 OB truck at a special
event at MediaCityUK. The day we were there happened to coincide
with Salford University’s freshers’ week so there were points in the day
the truck was overrun with excitable media students jostling for position
alongside old and new clients… all good fun! This medium sized truck
was designed and integrated by our in-house team and has been very
much in demand since the launch..
L’Oreal Live stream - This event gave us
a great stage on which to demonstrate how
our different divisions can combine to deliver end to end solutions. For
this live event, staged by L’Oreal to promote a new hair product, we
provided outside broadcast, satellite uplink/downlink, teleport, fibre
connectivity, encoding and distribution services. As we were in charge
of the whole process we were able to make sure the picture kept its full
1080 HD quality right from camera to viewer.
Christmas and the New Year - We wrapped up traditional
Christmas TV handling broadcasts of Carols from Kings, Midnight Mass
and Christmas Day Eucharist, as well as coverage of the impressive
London fireworks which rang in the new year.
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Blue Tower facilities come fully
online - For us November was one of
the most exciting months of 2012 as
this was the month that all our facilities
came fully online at our MediaCityUK.
This project was years in the making
so it was a proud moment to see our
new teleport, MCR, galleries, studios,
technical facilities in action, as well as
to see members of our staff moving
into their sleek new offices.
Royal Variety Performance -
Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in
front of the Queen and Prince Philip
this year’s event marked 100 years
since the first show. We used this
event to explore the potential of our
new Sony 2500 HD cameras. There’s
nothing our camera operators like
more than to have some brand new
state of the art kit to play around with
and we’ve been using these cameras
to their full potential more and more in
the last year.
Stargazing live - We’ve delivered
outside broadcast and satellite
uplink services for all three series
of Stargazing live, creating the
programming live on site at the
famous Jodrell Bank observatory using
our huge triple expanding flagship
OB 1 truck and Link 21, our hub
communications vehicle. This year’s
three programme run featured in depth
looks at the night sky with informative
facts and features presented by Prof
Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain.
New contract with European Tour
Productions - In January we signed
a new contract with ETP to provide
satellite services, uplink trucks and
flyaway units for their golfing events in
Europe and the Middle East, as well as
co-ordination of local uplink providers
and satellite services for events in
South Africa, Asia and Australasia. It’s
been great to continue this successful
relationship with them.