Langley, UK (September 21, 2011)—SIS LIVE has launched the latest addition to its remote truck fleet, SIS 65, designed specifically for the requirements of ESPN America.
SIS LIVE secured a multi-million pound three-year deal with ESPN in July 2010. SIS 65 was commissioned by ESPN to provide coverage of English Premier League (EPL) soccer games for the U.S. market.
SIS 65 is a self-contained, small footprint, high-resource truck capable of delivering pitch-side presentation, commentary position coverage, EVS analysis, IP services and uplink. The 37-ft. vehicle, on a Mercedes chassis, was designed by the SIS LIVE in-house engineering team, and is HD capable and 5.1 surround sound ready.
The two-tier, single-expand production vehicle layout gives space for seven production staff and seven operators, as well as including a dedicated three-person VTR area, and can be operable without being expanded. SIS 65 is four-camera capable, featuring a For-A mixer, a Miranda hybrid router, glue and multiviewers, a Calrec Zeta audio console and a Riedel comms system.
Stephen Cook, executive producer, ESPN, says, "Having developed our requirements over the past year, we approached SIS LIVE to deliver a custom-built, compact and self-sufficient unit which would provide us with a high level of facility for use over the next two years."
SIS 65 made its first outing on September 17 to cover Blackburn Rovers versus Arsenal at Blackburn's Ewood Park. Although built to serve ESPN requirements, SIS 65, when available, will be able to take on other ad hoc work such as Champions League matches.
David Meynell, managing director, SIS LIVE, says, "The delivery of SIS 65, which was bespoke designed and built to ESPN specifications, demonstrates our commitment to serving our clients with high quality vehicles to meet their needs. SIS 65's small size, flexibility and ease of deployment make it a significant addition to our fleet."