—The Super Bowl is one of
the most highly watched sporting events of
the year and Fox affiliate WVUE was right in
the center of the action this year with our
studio adjacent to the New Orleans Superdome.
We were situated directly in front of the
main entrance and fully equipped to cover
all of the pre-game action wirelessly with
the help of our new Vislink gear. We were
able to broadcast everything—interviews,
fan cam shots, performances on stage and
special commentary—flawlessly. It was
beautiful video without a trace of breakup.
The new wireless connectivity was installed
last August by Vislink Services and included
both wireless camera and backhaul
For portability, we chose the Link wireless
camera system with two L1500 wireless
camera transmitters and two receivers
with associated block downconverters and
We also added the L3211 barrel booster
for amplification, as it includes automatic
level control to provide constant transmitter
RF output power at all power levels.
The addition of the Vislink LYNX L2174
diversity receive system provided us with
confidence that we could have a rock solid
signal throughout the events area.
PLENTY OF CONNECTIVITY
The throughput via the Vislink
DXL8000—our 13 GHz tower-located digital
backhaul system—provided us with the
level of reliability that we have become accustomed
to. The DXL8000 also allowed us to return as many as three ASI signals simultaneously
to the tower site. This system
was designed for flexibility and reliability,
and both of these attributes were definitely
showcased at this year’s Super Bowl.
The system worked extremely well, allowing
us to achieve excellent coverage
and range. at the venue There were no restrictions
such as being tethered by cables,
siting a microwave truck, or having to carry
a backpack. This made a very considerable
difference in our coverage, as we were
able to maintain complete camera mobility
throughout the venue.
BEATING THE COMPETITION
The Link wireless camera system also
provided ultra-low latency and very high-quality
video. Another advantage that came
with the system was the confidence level it
brought with it. We were not at the mercy
of the available cellular bandwidth. When
comparing our broadcast video with feeds
we knew were coming from cellular technology
gear there was really no comparison.
For us, having the ability to produce live,
high-quality video anytime was really priceless.
Even during the long power outage that
impacted the game and its coverage, we
were not affected at all and continued to
transmit content from the venue.
Even though our WVUE system was installed
last summer, there was no need to do
any additional testing or adjusting prior to
the Super Bowl, as its performance has been
excellent all along.
Al Domescik is a 20-year veteran of the
broadcast industry. He is the director of engineering
at WVUE television in New Orleans,
and has been with the operation for
more than 10 years. He may be contacted
For additional information, contact
Vislink at 800-490-5700 or visit www.vislink.com.