Sydney, Australia (October 14, 2008)–U.S. sports broadcasters Major League Baseball Productions and World Wrestling Entertainment have both moved to Fairlight’s new CC-1 platform in an effort to improve their speed of workflow and networking capabilities.
Major League Baseball Productions are installing two CC-1 powered Fairlight Constellation large-format mixing consoles, both with the new Xynergi Centre Section (XCS) and PyxisTrack HD video. The production company has also invested in a Pyxis HD server to network video to the two consoles.
In January 2009, MLB will launch its own HD/5.1 cable network, which will reach over 50 million homes and is being billed as the biggest cable TV launch in US history. The company will also soon be moving to the all-new facility shared by the MLB Network.
The second sale, to World Wrestling Entertainment, involves five Fairlight Xynergi Media Production Systems, all with PyxisTrack HD video. A Fairlight user since 1997, WWE TV made the transition from the QDC platform to CC-1 as part of a general overhaul inspired by its switch to High-Definition.
Chris Argento, VP of post production at WWE TV in Stamford, CT, says, “In January 2008 we moved to HD and that fuelled our decision to invest in Xynergi and the CC-1 engine. Previously, we had four Fairlight systems, all with QDC engines, as well as Pyxis in each of our mix rooms and a Medialink server to tie them all together. Fairlight’s reliability and speed have been the biggest factors in staying with the company for our post needs. These attributes, coupled with the onboard HD video track on the CC-1, made the transition a no brainer. We are now able to drag and drop MXF wrapped files from our Grass Valley K-2 server right to the timeline with full HD video and audio.”