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SuperSport kits out new 4K/UHD IP-native OB truck

South African broadcaster SuperSport has expanded its relationship with broadcast audio specialist Calrec to equip new 4K/UHD IP-native OB truck IP1

Leading South African broadcaster and content supplier SuperSport has extended its partnership with Calrec to satisfy the audio demands of its new 4K/UHD IP-native OB truck, IP1. The fully ST 2110 and NMOS compliant truck has been equipped (with the help of systems integrator Broadcast Solutions) with a 64-fader Artemis, two AoIP ImPulse routing and processing cores and a 30-fader AoIP Type R.

“IP is, from our viewpoint and understanding, a transport medium in the UHD world allowing for seamless, scalable, flexible, innovative workflows and opens up remote broadcasting capabilities,” said Dheshnie Naidoo, head of production operations at SuperSport. “When it comes to audio, the truck relies on Calrec components. Over the course of 15 years, we’ve established a strong partnership with Calrec, making them the clear choice for this project due to their dedication and investment in IP technology plus excellent service.”

IP1 was built with the purpose of “revolutionising live sports broadcasting by using the latest IP technologies from leading suppliers”, and is being used by SuperSport for international and local sporting events across South Africa, originating in 4K. The truck took 18 months to design and build, working with SI Broadcast Solutions. Monitoring is via Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 and all sources are via stageboxes or ST 2110 direct. The truck is also equipped with a Dante network commentary and audio monitoring devices.

Naidoo continued, “Our new IP facility outputs in UHD, which can be down-converted to 3G HD. For our productions in South Africa, we are transporting the 3G HD signal currently via satellite and ATM workflows. We are working currently with telcos across South Africa and soon we will be able to take advantage of greater transmission speeds.”

Malcolm Robinson, head of business development, Broadcast Solutions UK, added, “SuperSport was really keen to create a vehicle as future-ready as possible; one that could enable HFR, HDR and full 4K workflows as required. It was a natural step to move to an ST 2110 environment that utilises NMOS. It modernises the way devices are discovered, added, and operated within a network, making things much smoother and easier for operators.”

Graham Murray, international sales manager at Calrec added that the company is committed to facilitating a smooth transition to IP for broadcasters. “Calrec’s approach has always been to create solutions that allow broadcasters to migrate to IP at their own pace. Being part of advanced projects like IP1 for a prominent broadcaster like SuperSport and experienced system integrator like Broadcast Solutions is what Calrec is all about; offering cutting-edge, proven, and reliable technology that enhances workflows and viewer satisfaction in a cost-effective and efficient way.”