Hebden Bridge, UK (February 10, 2009)–MLB Network is now using two 56-fader Calrec Audio Omega consoles linked by a Calrec Hydra networking system to deliver live and taped programming from its Secaucus, NJ facility.
With 10 remote I/O boxes, MLB Network’s Hydra network is the largest installed anywhere and features an 8-SDI input de-embed I/O unit that is reportedly twice as powerful as Calrec’s previous-generation product.
“In a broadcast environment, Calrec audio equipment is second to none and can be counted on to operate 24/7 flawlessly,” said Mark Haden, MLB Network vice president of engineering and information technology. “The Calrec console is particularly suited to live production because it’s so easy to configure on the fly, and the Hydra network streamlines our whole system by enabling the two consoles and all of our inputs to share resources. Because the de-embedding boxes are incorporated, the Hydra also eliminates the need for external de-embedding sources, which saves us substantial money on equipment and reduces our cable count. Calrec has taken over as the console of choice for studio and field use in my previous projects.”
MLB Network launched on January 1 in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes for what is said to be the largest debut in cable television history. From its renovated facility, MLB Network is using a number of innovative broadcast technologies. The facility will be linked by fiber to the 30 major league ballparks, as well as to league offices and MLB Advanced Media, which oversees the organization’s Web site. IP control over signal routing, camera control, and server operation integrates the parks and the network production control rooms.
MLB Network’s facility comprises the 9,600-square-foot Studio 42, named for Jackie Robinson and featuring a replica baseball field used for demonstrations, and Studio 3, named for Babe Ruth and serving as the main information center for the live studio shows.
MLB Network and Calrec Audio collaborated with The Systems Group of Hoboken, NJ to install the equipment.