SuperSport's OB capacity swells with two WTS-built vans

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 30 January 2015

African pay-TV operator SuperSport is adding two more outside broadcast (OB) vehicles to its fleet, with systems integration undertaken by WTS.

The OB vans, equipped with Snell Sirius 830 multi-format routers, IQ Modular infrastructure and Snell control, will be based in Nigeria and Zambia.

"As with the previous HD OB trucks WTS supplied to SuperSport, we have made ease of control the core attribute of these two new vehicles," said Ben Murphy, WTS Sales Director.

"This is a touchscreen-based system control and monitoring solution built on Snell control and customised by WTS. It allows the engineers to use a variety of devices – laptops, iPads and iPhones – to rapidly alter the set-up of a truck, giving the production team the perfect environment for a wide range of programme output."

Robert Rowe, managing director of Live TV at Snell, added: "We're delighted that WTS and SuperSport have once again chosen Snell technology as the backbone for their latest OB vehicle builds. Control is a little-talked-about issue but it's critical in getting the most out of technology, and WTS' implementation on these vehicles will enable SuperSport to do just that."

The OB vehicles are built on 40ft rigid Mercedes chassis to withstand the rough terrain experienced on location, with double expanding sides, and each carrying 14+4 cameras.