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Leading Spanish TV production company using Eclipse and V-Series for live sports

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, 11 SEPTEMBER, 2009 ─ Clear-Com® Communication Systems, a Vitec Group brand, is pleased to announce that Mediamovil TV, a leading Spain broadcast television production company, has outfitted its newest OB van with the Clear-Com Eclipse digital matrix intercom systems and V-Series user panels. Mediamovil TV took delivery of Eclipse-Median and Eclipse-PiCo frames, along with the panels, to ensure reliable, easily expandable communications across its rapidly growing roster of live and pre-recording sports broadcast projects for the BBC, RAI, Canal Sur and TV3, as well as other major broadcasters.

The Eclipse and V-Series systems offer Mediamovil’s busy staff increased connectivity and control options, helping them achieve tighter and more efficient production workflows for sports broadcasts and other projects requiring fast turnaround times. The Eclipse Median and PiCo can accommodate a total of up to 148 users or positions, enabling Mediamovil the option to tailor the number of staff with access to intercoms according to the needs of each customer. The V-Series panels, meanwhile, enable remote access to the Eclipse systems in the OB van from other areas of a stadium or venue.

“We were very impressed with the Eclipse’s expandability and ease of configuration,” says Ramón Lage, Technical Manager, Mediamovil TV. “It allows us to adapt to customers’ needs in any environment, a critical factor in our competitive business. With the Eclipse’s ECS software system, we were easily able to expand our current intercom offerings, tailoring our configuration needs to each specific facility with no problems.”

In addition to the Eclipse and V-Series panels, Mediamovil has a Clear-Com FreeSpeak® digital wireless intercom system from an earlier purchase. The Eclipse Median acts as a central switching unit from the OB van, linking users on the V-Series panels and FreeSpeak beltpacks with one another. The Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS), meanwhile, lets operators configure intercom connections on the fly, allowing them to further tailor their communications to the needs of a particular production.

“Mediamovil TV captures some of the world’s most prestigious sporting events for its clients, and we’re proud it chose our intercoms for its new OB van,” says Oscar Mezquita, Senior Regional Sales Manager for Clear-Com. “With so many variables in sports production, it’s crucial to have reliable communication between all parties to ensure smooth operations. We’re glad we’ve been able to provide Mediamovil TV with solutions that make that happen.”

Major features of the Eclipse digital matrix system include a robust E1/T1 telecom connection, fibre linking with intelligent switchover and AES digital connectivity to the V-Series panels for flexibility in OB truck applications. The Median frame features up to 112 ports, while the PiCo has up to 36. Clear-Com’s innovative V-Series panels add further flexibility with binaural listening, complete with the “Listen Again” function, which allows the user to replay the last 30 seconds of an incoming call.

Aicox Soluiciones, Clear-Com’s distributor partner in Spain, facilitated the sale to Mediamovil TV, as well as provided additional support when necessary.

ABOUT CLEAR-COM

Clear-Com®, a brand of the Vitec Group plc, is the global leader of professional communication solutions for broadcast, live performance, military, government and commercial markets. For more than 40 years, Clear-Com’s signature products such as Encore Party-line, Eclipse Digital Matrix, CellCom®/FreeSpeak® Wireless and IP Communications systems have revolutionised broadcast stations, production trucks, houses of worship and performance venues. Recognising Clear-Com for its history of intercom innovation, production teams around the world achieve ubiquitous communication with products to promote easy interoperability and global connectivity. More information can be found at www.clearcom.com.

ABOUT THE VITEC GROUP

The Vitec Group plc is a global leader in the supply of equipment and services to the broadcast, electronic media, photographic and live events industries, and is rapidly extending its reach into related areas such as government, security and defence. Vitec's many industry-leading product brands have established a formidable reputation for innovation, technical excellence, and superior service and support. The diverse range of brands are united by a common Vitec Group commitment to delivering a world-class customer experience, and a visionary approach to the future. This befits an enterprise which has grown both organically and by acquisition to incorporate over 2000 employees worldwide and achieve a 2008 turnover of almost half a billion dollars. Vitec Group products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through both direct sales and by means of a strong, fully-resourced distribution network.

The Vitec Group comprises:

The Broadcast Systems Division, which develops, manufactures and distributes high quality manual and robotic camera supports, location lighting, camera and equipment bags, portable power solutions, prompting products, wireless camera links and communication systems used principally by broadcast and live entertainment professionals. Brands include Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Clear-Com, Litepanels, MSC, Nucomm, OConnor, Petrol, RF Central, Sachtler, TCS (The Camera Store), Vinten and Vinten Radamec. www.vitecgroupbroadcast.com

The Imaging & Staging Division, which designs, manufactures and distributes photographic and video-camera support; lighting, trusses and suspension systems for the professional photography, video, cinematography and live event markets. Brands include Manfrotto, Gitzo, Kata, Avenger, Litec, IFF, Bogen Imaging, Tomcat and Brilliant Stages. www.vitecgroup.it

The Broadcast Services Division, a leading provider of professional video and audio rental equipment, and engineering support for major event productions. Brands include ASG and Bexel. www.bexel.com.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com

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