Ericsson was selected to provide an additional level of support for PSSI Global Services LLC, and its on-site satellite truck content delivery of the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on 2 May. The installation comprised 13 PSSI fully operational satellite trucks, which were equipped with Ericsson’s AVP 3000 Voyager Video Processors and RX8200 Advanced Modular Receivers.
“This match proved to be one of the great sporting events of the decade, so we are extremely proud that our industry-leading DSNG (Digital Satellite News Gathering) trucks played an instrumental role in delivering video footage to millions of viewers worldwide,” said Robert Lamb, CEO, PSSI Global Services. “Based on our 20-year relationship with Ericsson, we know its technology provides the necessary quality and consistency to help us deliver the best possible experience to high-level broadcasters, content providers and ultimately consumers.”
The Ericsson AVP 3000 Voyager is a DSNG platform designed for live news, sports and entertainment, delivering multi-codec, multi-format and multi-channel operations. The platform includes a hot-swappable modular architecture that supports MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and JPEG 2000 video compression over satellite and IP networks. In addition, the Ericsson RX8200 receivers offer operational flexibility by providing the capability to decode all video formats and connectivity for all transmission mediums.
Dr. Giles Wilson, head of TV Compression, Ericsson, added: “We are delighted to again have partnered with and supported PSSI for this marquee encounter between two of the biggest names in boxing, which is likely to become the largest pay-per-view television event of all time. The combination of our renowned compression and transmission expertise for ultimate performance, with our direct services and support, ensures that Ericsson delivers upon its pedigree as the leader in live video. Ericsson has delivered on-site support for many prestigious events in the past and this is another example of how we offer the right expertise and resources to our customers for any event, in any location.”
Ericsson’s encoding solutions have been used by major broadcasters during a number of recent high profile sporting events including the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.