Alameda, CA (February 19, 2015)—Rogers Sportsnet is producing three live hockey broadcasts simultaneously using Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX digital matrix system and CellCom wireless intercom.
Rogers Sportsnet uses the Eclipse HX at CBC Toronto’s downtown studio to produce Hockey Night in Canada and other NHL games, for distribution over a number of Canadian TV channels. Sportsnet has built an 11,000-square-foot open concept TV set in Studio 41, which it is leasing from CBC.
Rogers Sportsnet hired RP Dynamics Inc. as its broadcast audio consultants for the NHL studios project. RP broadcast and wireless specialist John Christie designed, installed and integrated the Eclipse HX system into the project intercom with support from Clear-Com’s Canadian distributor, GerrAudio.
The Eclipse HX-Delta digital matrix frame is central to Sportsnet’s wireless intercom system. “Not only does it allow us to interconnect with the CBC’s legacy intercom, but the integrated Eclipse HX E-Que wireless cellular card lets us connect 17 Clear-Com CellCom wireless beltpacks to one easily configurable system, providing the flexibility of having a Matrix Intercom station on your belt,” said Geoff Maurice, GerrAudio’s product manager.
The Sportsnet installation also includes a Clear-Com HX-MADI and HVX-A16 card as a trunk to their existing intercom, six CellCom Active Antennas, two CellCom antenna splitters and a 1RU V-Series lever-key control keypanel.
RP’s John Christie describes the Eclipse HX and CellCom as “the only intercom solution for this space.” Sportnet’s NHL intercom system is connected to three control rooms, one for each broadcast. In addition, there are various dressing rooms/backstage areas that serve the broadcasts.
“Clear-Com’s CellCom wireless beltpacks work in the license-free 1.92-1.93 GHz frequency band,” said Christie. “The 2.4 GHz band is jammed in downtown Toronto, while CBC-TV already uses 900 MHz intercoms in its many other studios here. Without access to the 1.92-1.93 GHz band, we could not connect the many behind-the-scenes personnel wirelessly.”