BSI races into European live event coverage

Broadcast Sports, Inc. has won a three-year contract to supply Sky Sports’ Formula One coverage with RF links. It is the latest in a series of wins for the Maryland-based wireless video and audio systems supplier.
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Broadcast Sports, Inc. has won a three-year contract to supply Sky Sports’ Formula One coverage with RF links, writes Adrian Pennington. It is the latest in a series of wins for the Maryland-based wireless video and audio systems supplier. BSI opened a UK office last August and is supplying systems for Sky Sports’ speedway and boxing coverage and also for the touchline wireless cameras for Sky’s 3D Premiership football broadcasts. Sky’s Formula One coverage began last weekend, on a dedicated new channel, with the first race from Melbourne, and continues next Sunday in Malaysia. "We are supplying six RF links for handheld cameras, another two systems for wireless prompting and some other toys,” said Dave Remnant, Business Development Director for BSI outside the USA. BSI, which also develops and manufacturers its own HD point-of-view cameras and HD wireless systems, has been contacted by several overseas broadcasters to augment coverage of the UK’s Diamond Jubilee regatta. BSI attached PoV cameras to the surf boards for the French Surfing Championships in Biarritz in conjunction with NEP Visions, and put on-board cameras in place for the Supercross and the ERDF Masters Kart finale from Paris (Go Karting). In the US, BSI enabled on-board coverage of NASCAR racing, for which the original on-board PoV camera systems were created. Several of the PoV cameras have 360º capability and remote controlled pan and tilt functions. BSI’s camera systems are provided with a full engineering crew, and until very recently, were not available outside America. Tony Valentino, Technical Sales Director for BSI UK said: "2012 will probably be the UK's biggest ever for live events, as broadcasters head for London to cover the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Games.” www.broadcastsportsinc.comwww.sky.com/f1

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