Comprehensive Broadcast Equipment Package for Live Sporting Event

By January 19, 2018Case Studies, News

Multi-Faceted Solution Included Equipment, Fiber Backbone, & On-Site Technical Support for Turner, NBA-TV, and NBA Entertainment Broadcasts

Continuing a tradition that spans more than 25 years, Bexel served as primary broadcast equipment provider for the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend by Turner Sports, NBA-TV, and NBA Entertainment. Bexel supplied a comprehensive equipment solution, installed a fiber infrastructure connecting the broadcast compound to the arenas, and provided on-site technical support for the weekend broadcasts, culminating in the NBA All-Star Game.

Not only did the Bexel equipment cover virtually every one of the company’s core strategies from specialty cameras to managed services, but Bexel provided their largest on-site team — with more than 20 Bexel engineering, operational, and logistical support personnel.

Fiber Solutions

To support the NBA All-Star Weekend, Bexel installed a 685-strand fiber backbone connecting the main broadcast compound with the Smoothie King Center and also provided and managed a robust, 16-channel IPTV system.

Specialty Cameras

The 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend included Bexel’s rental equipment provisions ranging from specialty cameras such slow-motion systems, and robotic cameras; RF audio systems including player and coach microphones; and a multi-camera flypack system for NBA-TV.

Custom Flypacks

The flypack, installed at the Ritz Hotel in New Orleans, enabled NBA TV’s coverage of player press conferences and interviews. A Bexel Live Production Unit (LPU), consisting of Sony HD-2500 cameras, a Grass Valley switcher, a Calrec audio console, Everts routers and

multiviewers, and EVS XT3 servers enabled coverage from the media availability area and two small sets. Bexel conceived the custom LPU to provide flexible configurations that can be scaled up or down to meet the client’s specific requirements or accommodate a particular physical space.

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About Bexel
Celebrating more than 35 years of broadcast excellence, Bexel, an NEP Broadcast Services Company, skillfully delivers unparalleled production services and engineering expertise for some of the world’s largest televised events. Bexel has mastered the art of service from concept to completion, and its unique solutions equip broadcasters to capture powerful content anywhere in the world. Bexel’s specialized broadcast offerings include fiber, specialty cameras, 4K solutions, graphics, custom flypacks, and intercom, as well as systems integration, managed services, enterprise solutions, and product sales. Since 1981, Bexel has continually enhanced and evolved the media production experience. 

About NEP
For over 30 years, NEP has been a worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events. Our services include remote production, studio production, audio visual solutions, host broadcast support, premium playout, post production and innovative software-based media management solutions. NEP's 3,000+ employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation. Together, we have supported productions in over 85 countries on all seven continents. NEP is headquartered in the United States and has offices in 24 countries. Learn more at nepgroup.com.

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