TMZ upgrades RTS intercoms at its California studios

The company has moved away from UHF frequencies used by their BTR system due to FCC rule changes
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Entertainment media company TMZ has upgraded the intercoms systems at its studios.

The company produces daily content namely TMZ on TV, TMZ Live and TMZ Sports, which are produced in TMZ’s production facility in the Playa Vista technology corridor of Los Angeles.

TMZ studios always used devices from RTS, based on an ADAM-M digital matrix system, KP-12 and KP-32 keypanels, and BTR partyline wireless beltpacks.

The company has, however, moved away from UHF frequencies used by their BTR system due to FCC rule changes.

Hence TMZ upgraded the wireless portion of their RTS system.

In consultation with Bexel, their broadcast integrator, they installed an RTS Roameo wireless system with 12 TR-1800 beltpacks.

Four AP-1800 wireless access points spread throughout the facility enable users to move seamlessly between the studios, control rooms and post-production.

Brett Kotheimer, TMZ director of broadcast operations, first saw Roameo at the NAB show in Las Vegas.

He said: “We needed a good, solid wireless system for our floor crew, and Roameo certainly is that.

“But this system really takes things to another level. It puts a virtual keypanel on your hip. It can access basically any crosspoint on the matrix, so each pack can be personalised for the user. That customization was a huge feature for us.”

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