Given the All Black's pre-tournament status as runaway favourites, TV3 New Zealand is quite reasonably upgrading its flyaway equipment for the Rugby World Cup and is purchasing a brand new ultra-lightweight Mantis flyaway kit from Advent Communications, writes Fergal Ringrose.
TV3 is to collect the new Mantis dish from the Advent factory in Chesham and will fly with it directly to France where the majority of the World Cup matches are to take place. The broadcaster is buying a complete flyaway package with a high powered amplifier and Advent's video exciter, upconverter and automatic satfinder.
The 1.0m Mantis is one of the smallest and most portable flyaways on the market, it stows in a single suitcase-style container weighing only 20kg, and meets stringent airline weight restrictions.
The sale of the Mantis Flyaway was negotiated by Phil Cooke at The Bridge Networks, specialists in equipment for the broadcast and telecoms sectors. The Bridge Networks is Advent's distributor for New Zealand. Says Cooke: "The Bridge Networks has already delivered two Mantis systems to TV3 which was a good experience. This has earned confidence in Advent's products and technical support. The new Mantis flyaway will be delivered tested ready to go into action quickly - straight from the Advent factory to the World Cup in France."