In anticipation of Super Bowl XLIX on 1 February, Reality Check Systems (RCS) has deployed 24 of its mobile hardware/software solutions to networks including DirecTV, ESPN and NFLN to provide remote studio shows and gameday broadcasts. The tech arsenal includes 18 Bullets, one Twitter Bullet, a custom touchscreen and four tailored systems that will be used to splash graphics across live Super Bowl coverage and pre- and post game shows.
“We’ve been sending our technology into the field for this event for almost a decade now, and it’s been amazing to see how broadcasters are transforming the ways they engage with Super Bowl audiences,” explained RCS producer Glenn White. “We’re excited to be a part of that again this year, whether providing graphics solutions that more closely connect audiences to gameday broadcasts through Twitter, or touchscreens that allow on-air talent to creatively telestrate plays, player stats and more. We look forward to seeing it all roll out on Sunday.”
Fifteen RCS rental Bullets and a custom touchscreen solution will be leveraged by NFL Network across five locations to air graphics for the network’s live international Super Bowl feed; gameday shows like NFL Total Access, Super Bowl Live, Super Bowl Tonight and Playbook Primetime, among others; and its automated Gamecenter channel. Along with a RCS Twitter Bullet, two additional Bullets will also help power graphics for gameday coverage on DirecTV programmes.
RCS’ Bullet packages custom software with industry-standard hardware in a mobile workstation to enable graphics for live-event productions and broadcasts. Available for rent in three models, each plug-and-play unit is powered by Viz Engine, integrates into a production environment and arrives on-site pre-configured. The Twitter Bullet, an extension of RCS’ Bullet fleet, is a portable social media flightpack for hire designed to help networks boost fan engagement by enabling them to search, mine and air relevant Tweets as real time, on-air graphics.