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 fiber-receive site at Volunteer stadium, giving ESPN seamless coverage in and around both stadiums and in between.
“The system worked flawlessly for the entire series,” says CP Communications SVP Kurt G. Heitmann. “We are extremely pleased with these new systems and we are expanding our inventory with 24 new systems in the 1.4Ghz, 2Ghz , 5.8Ghz and 7Ghz ranges.”
According to Heitmann, the system boasts the lowest latency in the market at 20 milliseconds, is extremely robust in transmission and can run 21 Mbps, ensuring that it looks like a wired camera.
“We have had a great relationship with ESPN for over 30 years,” he adds. “ESPN has entrusted CP over the years to develop better RF audio, fiber, and RF video solutions and has expanded coverage of the LLWS. From the regionals to the finals the LLWS always proves to be an exciting event and CP is proud to be a partner with ESPN and ABC for so many years.”