Sky Sports has commissioned Visions to build two new 3Gb/scapable outside broadcast trucks for its live Premier League and UEFA Champions League football coverage.
Both trucks will have a tapeless HD and 3Gb/s-ready infrastructure, allowing them to interface with the new Sky Sports studios being built at the broadcaster’s HQ in Osterley, West London.
The new trucks will be the largest in Visions’ fleet, comprising 700sq ft per truck. Space-saving design techniques will mean that the two trucks can replace three existing vehicles, but provide the same amount of operating space.
Sky Sports operations manager Keith Lane said: “We challenged Visions to provide us with a streamlined truck solution incorporating pioneering technology for our football coverage. These trucks will provide huge efficiencies and the tools for our production teams to provide the best coverage.”
The exact technical specification and product line-up for the trucks is still to be decided but both should be ready by July 2010.
3Gb/s is an enabling technology for capturing, transporting and storing higher resolution HD content - such as 1080p and stereo 3D.
In November, Sky commissioned Telegenic to build its first dedicated OB truck for stereo 3D production (Broadcast, 26.11.09).