It’s NBA Finals time, and once again we’re providing production and transmission services on behalf of the NBA at the Western Conference home games. The Atlas truck has been humming with activity as it hosts multi-camera productions for press conferences and interviews at the Oracle Arena. We’ll all be watching the next couple of games to see if we’re headed back for Game 6 between the Warriors and the Raptors. Big thanks to Paul Blomstrom, Chris Hovden, Alex Mestizo, Mark Huss, and project manager Dan Patin for putting all the pieces together on this big show. Extra special thanks to Mike Lemieux, who was pressed into emergency service in Oakland just as he crossed over the border from Mexico after a month-long assignment in La Paz. It’s been quite the road trip for Mike!
Keeping in Northern California, Dave Brin and the Starlight truck will be at the Sonoma Raceway on Sunday for Rounds 7 and 8 of the Blancpain GT World Challenge America Series Championship.
Wes Hill and Craig Henry will be headed up to Pebble Beach, CA this weekend to begin their support of Golf Channel’s extensive coverage of the US Open. Both guys are rested up and ready to begin a week’s worth of long transmission days from the beautiful Pebble Beach Golf Course.
East of the Bay Area, Sacramento-based engineer Steve Chaisson has the C15 truck all set up for Top Rank Boxing on ESPN this weekend, live from Reno, NV. WBO World Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez defends his title against Jason “Alacrancito” Sanchez in the Main Event. Steve’s providing a four-channel multiplexed transmission for ESPN, which includes an international feed for which we’ll handle the worldwide distribution.
More DAZN boxing on our schedule, as well. We’re back at Madison Square Garden yet again with our friends from DAZN and Aldea to provide the satellite feeds for the big fight, which features Gennady “GGG” Golovkin taking on Steve Rolls. Kevin Spangler’s at the helm of the C31 truck and has her running smooth.
Before the fight, Kevin Spangler and the C31 were at Audi Field in Washington, DC for Wednesday’s soccer match between the USMNT and Jamaica. Unfortunately, the home team took a tough loss, but Kevin’s transmission for our friends at Fox was flawless.
Speaking of flawless, we’re pleased to have another installment of the Professional Fighting League (PFL) under our belts. Mati Kerpen and project manager Keith Valeri teamed up again at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island on Thursday to provide the origination feed for multiple international and streaming pathways via the PSSI International Teleport. Ten simultaneous feeds left our streaming encoders at the teleport to streaming platforms around the world. We’re already looking forward to the next one!
Continuing down the east coast, Mike Howley’s in Greer, SC dodging raindrops at the 2019 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX. This charity golf event features amateurs and celebrities grouped with Web.com Tour professionals in a 3 day better-ball competition at the Thornblade Country Club.
We have a pretty strong crew setting up for UFC 238, a huge pay-per-view at the United Center in Chicago. Project managers Garrett Hunt and Keith Valeri are there with our friends at Concom to oversee multiple inbound and outbound feeds for domestic and international distribution. The CK25 mobile teleport is the transmission hub, with EIC Jim Flowers working alongside John Bright to ensure the quality of each and every signal leaving the compound. Mike Sheehan’s in the Frontline truck for yet another pathway, while Rick Kolinek is running on generator to provide a disaster feed if the compound loses power. Our team at the PSSI International Teleport is ingesting and redistributing feeds for international viewers, as well. Millions of eyes around the world will be watching Henry Cejudo square off against Marlon Moraes in the Main Event.
Not too far down the road, the C27 mobile teleport is on site in Brooklyn, MI at the Michigan International Speedway for NASCAR this week. Ben Bradshaw and Jonathan Ayala are managing transmission and data services via satellite and AT&T Global Video Services fiber. A week’s worth of racing culminates in the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, at which point driver Jerry Gore will head toward California for the next race in Sonoma.
More racing down in Texas, again with complex fiber and satellite transmissions. John May and Justin Roszak are maximizing the extensive capabilities of the CK48 mobile teleport in Justin, TX this weekend for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Rattlesnake 400, live from the Texas Motor Speedway. John, Justin, and the CK48 will meet again for next week’s Xfinity race from the Iowa Speedway.
How about a little soccer in Cincinnati? Steve Hagerty and the C41 truck will be at Nippert Stadium on Sunday when USMNT takes on Venezuela in another friendly match. Here’s hoping the US team fares better than they did against Jamaica!
Chris Golden is finishing up another busy week at Stockton Seaview Golf Club’s Bay Course, where he’s providing more transmission services for our friends at Golf Channel. It’s the LPGA Shoprite Tournament, and Chris is sending a tournament feed plus a separate feed for Japanese distribution.
It’s been a fashionable week here in LA. Chris Hovden squeezed in a transmission of the Yves Saint Laurent fashion show from Malibu on Thursday in between NBA Finals duty and a well-deserved vacation. Chris was the unanimous winner of the best-dressed uplink guy competition.
On Friday, John Jennings and the LA Sprinter are in Universal City, CA for the Men’s Moschino Runway Show. John’s transmission will end up on the screens of fashion fans in Italy thanks to project manager Victor Verno’s international routing.
It’s E3 time in Los Angeles, as well, which will keep John busy as he provides a 1080p transmission for our friends at Gearhouse, live from the Orpheum Theatre in downtown LA.
Larry Sheets will be working nearby at the Microsoft Theater for none other than Microsoft, one of our favorite customers. There are sure to be some exciting new developments in gaming coming out of this weekend (and coming out of our antennas).
The CK30 mobile teleport is taking it easy this week as our WWE team is in Saudi Arabia. Driver Joe Kelderhouse took his sweet time (for once) getting the truck from Texas to California to get ready for Monday night RAW and Tuesday night Smackdown in San Jose and Sacramento next week.
Meanwhile, WWE project manager Logan Schinto is working alongside brothers Zane and Tracy Michaels in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to pull off a huge show from the King Abdullah International Stadium. It’s the Super ShowDown Saudi Arabia, which will feature Goldberg versus The Undertaker along with a night full of exciting wrestling action. Zane and Tracy are working with local vendors to provide multiple satellite pathways around the world, as well as several encrypted IP pathways utilizing Nextologies technology. It’s no small feat to put a show this size together in Saudi Arabia. Logan’s been negotiating with local vendors and building complex transmission overviews for months, while Zane and Tracy have assembled and re-assembled enormous equipment racks to keep up with WWE’s extensive transmission requirements.
Back in the States, Steve Toth and Nick Ray are at WWE headquarters in Stamford, CT to provide still more transmission support, while the team at the PSSI International Teleport is the North American hub for multiple distribution paths. What a perfect demonstration of the unparalleled capabilities of PSSI Global Services, the world’s transmission experts!