UK outside broadcast company SIS LIVE has expanded its fleet with a new "small-footprint" truck featuring a Calrec Zeta console that was commissioned by broadcaster ESPN for its coverage of English Premier League football, writes Kevin Hilton. SIS65 (pictured before having its corporate branding added) had its first outing last Saturday (17th September) at the Blackburn Rovers versus Arsenal match. SIS LIVE signed a "multi-million pound" three year deal to provide facilities for ESPN's Premier League broadcasts in June 2010. The new truck has been designed and built specifically to meet the needs of ESPN America, with presentation tailored for the US. Based on an 11.5 metre Mercedes chassis, SIS65 was designed by SIS LIVE's engineering department and is equipped for both HD and 5.1. As well as the Zeta console, the four-camera truck also features a Miranda hybrid router and a Riedel intercom. ESPN executive producer Stephen Cook comments, "Having developed our requirements over the past year we approached SIS LIVE to deliver a custom-built, compact and self-sufficient unit that would provide us with a high level of facility for use over the next two years." David Meynell, managing director of SIS LIVE, adds, "SIS65's small size, flexibility and ease of deployment make is a significant addition to our fleet." SIS LIVE currently has three more OB trucks under construction, including two medium sized scanners. www.sislive.tv
HD OBs - trucking on a road near you
They're everywhere - at cricket grounds, football stadia, conference venues, theatres, local arts centres or just generally slogging up and down motorways - and, as Kevin Hilton reports, there looks like no stopping the growing number of high definition outside broadcast trucks. This perception is confirmed by figures in the latest edition of the HD OB Van Directory, which details 42 new vehicles across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.