Grass Valley helps Superbowl broadcast

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Madonna'a half time show made a lot more sense than American football.
Madonna'a half time show made a lot more sense than American football.


Grass Valley has annouinced that its products were once again used in the sucessful broadcast of last night's Superbowl from Indeanapolis, USA.

NBC Sports broadcast the game in the US, supported by NEP Broadcasting (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and Game Creek Video (Hudson, N.H.). Game Creek also worked with ESPN on a variety of related shows leading up to the big event.

NEP Supershooters—a division of NEP Broadcasting — had a total of ten trucks on-site in Indianapolis. Its “ND3," “ND4,” and “SS24” (54-foot) rigs to cover the main game telecast, while another six trucks helped produce a variety of game-related programming on location. Many of these trucks featured Grass Valley HD production gear—cameras, video production switchers, routers and signal conversion modules—in a variety of configurations.

NEP’s SS24 HD mobile production truck, which is one of the largest in the country and is comprised of two 53-foot double expando trailers combined, features a Grass Valley Kalypso Video Production Center switcher, as well as Trinix NXT and Concerto Series routing switchers. The company’s SS25 truck was used for the NFL’s World Feed and carries a Grass Valley Kalypso Video Production Center switcher, more than one dozen Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite WorldCam HD cameras, as well as Grass Valley Trinix and Concerto Series routers.

NEP’s “California” truck helped broadcast the live halftime show featuring Madonna and its “Summit” truck covered the NFL Hall of Fame event. The ND4, California, and Summit vehicles all include a Grass Valley Kalypso Video Production Center switcher on board.

“With the entire world watching, it’s critical that our productions look the best they can,” said George Hoover, Chief Technology Officer at NEP Broadcasting (a.k.a. Supershooters). “For our money, that means using Grass Valley equipment where it’s appropriate. We are a long-time fan of their production switchers and cameras and continue to use them whenever our clients need uncompromising quality and flexibility.”


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