STS Uses For-A Switcher for Super Bowl Feeds

For-A has announced that Satellite Technology Systems (STS) used the company’s HVS-1000HS Hanabi video production switcher for in connection with the distribution of standard- and high-definition Super Bowl feeds that were supplied to U.S. and international broadcasters.

"Our truck served U.S. network affiliates, national and international broadcast entities," said Chuck Spoto, STS founder and president. "There are many methods of receiving signals. By transmitting in every possible scenario, everyone’s needs were covered."

Spoto was referring both to the dual definition video feeds and also the simultaneous C- and Ku-band uplinks performed by his Crystal Lake, Ill.-based mobile video production firm. Last year’s game was sent to 232 countries and territories and was broadcast in 34 languages. Spoto said that this year’s game coverage was so extensive that there may have been more international than U.S. viewers.

The recent game coverage marked the third consecutive year NFL Films has contracted with STS for satellite uplinking services.