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No Rest for the Weary: CP Communications Builds Six RF Trucks in Six Months

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No Rest for the Weary: CP Communications Builds Six RF Trucks in Six Months

For the CP Communications’ teams in Elmsford and Wappingers Falls, NY, the concept of “down time” is a foreign one. Coming off the 2014 New York City Marathon — an already daunting show made more so by infrastructure challenges — CP might have enjoyed a few minutes’ respite. Instead, the company won the new golf contracts from Fox Sports and Golf Channel, which called for construction of six RF trucks — in six months.

Says CP Communications SVP Kurt Heitmann, “It’s ...

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ESPN, WABC-TV Surround the New York City Marathon With CP Communications

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ESPN, WABC-TV Surround the New York City Marathon With CP Communications

Enhanced Security Boots RF to New Band Behind the scenes, CP Communications returns with a completely revamped infrastructure, necessitated in part by the increased security that has blanketed marathons since last year’s Boston bombing. Previously, CP Communications operated its RF video, audio, and communications within the 2.2-2.4 GHz band. In recent marathons, that band has been taken over by Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, among others, leaving CP to find new a new band in which to operate.

“We ...

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The Challenge of Wireless Mic Coordination

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The Challenge of Wireless Mic Coordination

NEW YORK—Advances in audio quality and the desire to eliminate cables where-ever possible have led to an explosion in wireless microphone usage. It’s also forced broadcasters to take steps to ensure that frequency collisions are avoided.

Networks that televise major sporting events—and the crews that service them—are among the most severely taxed. NFL games, for example, shown to both regional and national audiences, require technical staffs whose sole job is to manage bandwidth of the wireless equipment ...

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CP Comms, ESPN Debut New Axis RFHD Camera System at Little League World Series

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CP Comms, ESPN Debut New Axis RFHD Camera System at Little League World Series

A veteran of ESPN’s Little League World Series coverage for more than 10 years, CP Communications was back in Williamsport, PA this month with a groundbreaking new system in tow. The new Axis RFHD camera-back-transmitter system featured three RF-over-fiber sites for ESPN’s LLWS coverage. The newest system is a MPEG4 7-Gbps system with a six-way maximum ratio, powered by COBHAM technologies and custom made by Wave Central.

The system at LLWS consisted of two fiber-receive sites at Lamade Stadium and one ...

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Live From MLB All-Star Game: Vendor Notebook

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Live From MLB All-Star Game: Vendor Notebook

This year’s MLB All-Star production is loaded with advanced technology from broadcasters and technology developers from across the country.

Fox Sports, ESPN, MLB Network, MLB International, MLB.com, and a laundry list of international broadcasters are in Minneapolis, and some of the industry’s top tech companies have brought their best to make this the most advanced MLB All-Star Game yet.

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CP Communications is again the king of RF transmission at MLB All-Star festivities. All the major broadcasters ...

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CP Communications HD-1 Gets Busy at U.S. Open Golf

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CP Communications HD-1 Gets Busy at U.S. Open Golf

CP Communications has rolled out HD1, a new remote production truck that is designed for smaller RF shows that require up to eight RF cameras. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t working big shows as it recently was used by both Sky Sports and NHK for coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament, held in Pinehurst, NC earlier this month.

The newest truck from CP Communications, HD-1, was on hand at the U.S. Open golf tournament in support of multiple networks.Kurt ...

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Live From MLB All-Star Game: Fox Tests Out Cutting-Edge Coverage

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Live From MLB All-Star Game: Fox Tests Out Cutting-Edge Coverage

The MLB All-Star Game has always been an “active test site” of sorts for Fox Sports.

Although the Midsummer Classic is one of the premier sports events of the summer, Fox’s production team uses this A-level broadcast as a technological tryout with an eye toward October and the postseason. –

Fox Sports has erected this on-field set and another one inside Target Field for tonight’s 86th MLB All-Star Game.

This year, the network is pulling out all the stops with what it is ...

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NBC, ESPN Tee Up Final Year of U.S. Open Coverage

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NBC, ESPN Tee Up Final Year of U.S. Open Coverage

The 2014 U.S. Open, under way at Pinehurst #2 in North Carolina, marks the end of an era: next year, Fox Sports will take over coverage for all four days. But sentimentality is being laid aside as both ESPN and NBC focus on the job at hand.

“It’s pretty straightforward,” says NEP Technical Manager Ken Carpenter, who oversees NBC’s golf operations. “This is our third time here for an Open, and none of the cable runs are ridiculous.”

There are 60 cameras ...

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