Golf Channel Adds Pliant Comms

Golf Channel, launched in January 1995 by pro golfer Arnold Palmer and cable entrepreneur Joe Gibbs as the first single-sport cable network in the U.S., recently increased its inventory of Pliant Technologies’ Tempest wireless intercom systems for use in its newest production suite, the Newsroom.
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Orlando, FL (December 2, 2016)—Golf Channel, launched in January 1995 by pro golfer Arnold Palmer and cable entrepreneur Joe Gibbs as the first single-sport cable network in the U.S., recently increased its inventory of Pliant Technologies’ Tempest wireless intercom systems for use in its newest production suite, the Newsroom.

“Golf Channel has four studio areas,” says Patrick Jones, senior broadcast engineer, Golf Channel. “We have three main studios and just added the Newsroom set, which utilizes our latest Tempest system. We’ve had Tempest in place since 2007 when we replaced our old intercom system. At the time, we needed an upgrade that would give us better overall coverage for our facility and Tempest provided the solution.”

The new Tempest equipment in the Newsroom increases the total number of BaseStations in use at Golf Channel to five. “Studio-A has two bases and Studio-AP, Studio-C and the Newsroom each have one,” says Jones. “All of our studios and surrounding areas are covered and the Tempest system interfaces with our existing matrix frame as well as an Ethernet connection for the GUI [Tempest T-Desk Software].”

Jones adds, “We sometimes use multiple studios for the same production, and having to go back and forth between each studio takes time. Seamless Roaming is huge for us. Prior to using Tempest, the crew would have to manually switch bases as they moved from studio to studio. With Seamless Roaming, they can move freely between studios and seamlessly change BaseStations. It fits perfectly into our workflow and doesn’t conflict with the Shure Axient wireless microphones or the Lectrosonics wireless IFBs that we use across the four studios.”

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