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SIS Live delivers for ITN and Sky

SIS Live delivers for ITN and Sky
David Wood
11 February 2014

SIS Live has delivered of the first of a fleet of 18 HD satellite newsgathering trucks for ITN.

This highly specified Ka Band uplink truck will form part of a fleet all due to be delivered in 2014 which will be entirely designed and integrated by SIS Live’s in house project team.

The trucks are based on Mercedes Sprinter and Vito vans with 1.2m and 1.0m SIS Live uplinks.

The system’s light but high spec antennas mean they can be installed in a small 3.5T vehicle, avoiding the 56mph speed restriction of the 5T vehicles and allowing a faster response to breaking news.

On board equipment includes HD, SDI, fibre and wireless camera inputs as well as highly specified vision and audio mixers.

Each ITN truck is dual path capable with redundant transmit chains and features a generator with battery-powered UPS backup.

An enhanced dual modem system ensures the most efficient and reliable use of bandwidth for IP over satellite.
ITN head of newsgathering operations Malcolm Smith said: “This is the third generation of SNG vehicles that we have leased from SIS Live and each generation has been marked by an advance in operational capability through the latest technology.”

“This new truck is the first hybrid combining HD video over satellite with IP connectivity." 

"This combines the essential reason for SNG vehicles which is the provision of reliable live inserts to programmes from anywhere in the UK, while the IP facilitates our move to an integrated file based newsgathering workflow using the latest solid state memory ENG cameras.”

SIS Live has also announced a new four year contract with 24-hour sports news channel Sky Sports News to deliver 73MHz of capacity on the Eutelsat E16A satellite for the Sky Sports and Sky Sports News fleet of SNG vehicles, which are also supplied and operated by SIS LIVE.
Sky Sports will make use of this satellite bandwidth for its live coverage of weekend football matches, which are also transmitted by SIS Live SNG vehicles.
This is the latest in a series of new contracts with major customers which means that SIS Live now provides satellite newsgathering capacity for every news and sports news broadcaster in the UK.

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