It’s time for some Big3 three-on-three basketball, and this weekend is the tipoff for what looks to be an exciting season for the league and for PSSI Global Services. Rick Ball’s been working with project manager Mike Reidy to develop some transmission plans for the season along with our friends at AT&T Global Video Services, and Rick will be the opening weekend this Saturday and Sunday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI and Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. Steve Hagerty will join Rick in Indy with the newly refurbished C12 truck, a workhorse of a transmission vehicle that has a busy schedule ahead of it. We always appreciate the opportunity to be included in the planning process as new live enterprises take shape, and the Big3 looks poised for success over the next 12 weeks. We’re excited to be a part of the action!
It was great to see the CK30 mobile teleport and its driver, Joe Kelderhouse, down in LA while the WWE tour was in town for RAW and Smackdown. The truck got some TLC from our team in the shop, and Joe got a couple of down days to enjoy Southern California. There’s never too much down time for this truck and crew, however, and Joe has made his way north to Tacoma, WA in CK30, where Zane Michaels and project manager Logan Schinto will meet up with the truck for the WWE Stomping Grounds Pay-Per-View on Sunday at the Tacoma Dome. Logan has designed the transmission architecture for multiple feeds around the world, with the PSSI International Teleport as an integral part of the show’s worldwide distribution. There will be a lot of eyeballs on the show, which will culminate in a Steel Cage match between Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler.
More fighting and more big customers on our schedule! We are pleased to announce that this year’s premiere of the UFC’s Dana White Contender Series was a great success last Tuesday! Our longtime partners at Concom asked Tracy Michaels to be the tech manager for the series and, working closely with the UFC, orchestrated a flawless show with C-band and Ku-band transmissions out of the CK35 mobile teleport, engineered by Brian Blomstrom. What made this event extra special is that it was the first live show out of the brand new UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. Here again Concom and UFC have looked to us to help design their transmission infrastructure and live events, and we are excited to be working with our friends and colleagues on the ground floor of an exciting new venture.
More UFC this weekend, as Concom mainstays Jim Flowers and Keith Valeri are working with Blake Blomstrom and Steve Toth to prepare for UFC Fight Night 154 on Saturday night, live on ESPN+ at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. Renato Moicano takes on Chan Sung Jung in the main event, with a co-main of Bryan Barberena versus Randy Brown. Keith will ensure that every transmission pathway – which includes C-band and Ku-band transmissions from site and signals in and out of PIT – gets to UFC fans in the States and around the world.
Still more fighting!
Ron Ford is in Sloan, IA for Showtime Boxing on Friday night, live from the WinnaVegas Casino Resort. Sebastian Fundora takes on Hector Manuel Zepeda in the main event, and Ron’s set up and ready for an exciting night of boxing.
Brian Blomstrom has C43 all set up at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA for Friday night boxing on DAZN. Andrew “”El Chango” Canco will match up with Alberto “Explosivo” Machado to decide the WBA Super Featherweight World Title in the main event, and Brian will uplink all the undercards, as well. Mark Huss is there, too, to provide ringside commentary services for a Latin American broadcaster.
Back in Vegas, Matt Huennekens is in the CK35 mobile teleport at Mandalay Bay Event Center for a Sunday night PBC fight. Matt’s providing the international feed, which our team at PSSI International Teleport will ingest and turnaround to international broadcasters. PIT will also stream a QC feed to the computer of project manager, Michael Hollander, who will ensure a clean show for international takers from the comfort of his own home in California. This is a great resource for smaller events that don’t require our onsite project management services, and yet another tool in PIT’s ever-growing toolkit!
Also in Vegas, how about a little bowling? Joe will have the NT31 parked at the Texas Station Casino for Sunday’s broadcast of the 2019 US Women’s Open, live on CBS Sports Network. Winkler Productions does a great job on these bowling shows, and we’re grateful to be their partner of choice for transmission.
In Burbank, CA this weekend, John Jennings will be transmitting live from Jay Leno’s Garage. QVC has us providing the transmission for a live edition of Jay’s show, which features a wide array of high-end detailing accessories.
Keeping out west, Steve Chaisson finds himself in Seattle for a couple of WNBA games. The Los Angeles Sparks are in town on Friday night to take on the Seattle Storm at the Angel of the Winds Arena. On Sunday the Indiana Fever try their luck against the #1 Storm at the Alaska Airlines Arena, again with Steve handling the transmission.
Steve’s covering for Seattle native David Meyer, who is an integral part of this year’s Yellowstone Live project, which we’re proud to be working for the second year in a row. Our team has rendezvoused in West Yellowstone, MT. We will have C-band and Ku-band trucks at the TV Compound just outside the entrance to the National Park. Here EIC John Bright and project manager Garrett Hunt have established the hub for multiple remotes from around the park. Mr. Meyer is at the helm of the C47 for the program’s primary transmission pathway, while Wes Hill is in NT30 ingesting remote feeds and providing a secondary program backhaul. And that’s just the start.
Craig Henry is deep in northern Montana’s American Prairie Reserve, battling some pretty nasty weather for one of three satellite remotes. It’s raining sideways, but we’re looking good at that position with both video and data over satellite. The PSSI International Teleport is sharing their internet bandwidth with all of our remote trucks, utilizing Eutelsat 113 WA and a 2-way link between modems so that the production crews at each location can communicate with base camp, as of course we are well out of cell range.
Chris Hovden is back again in the LA Sprinter with remotes near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, while Mike Sheehan is in the newly refurbished NT34 Sprinter for live shots in and around the stunning Lamar Valley. The conditions out there are cold and wet, but the landscapes are breathtaking. We are in good shape for next week’s broadcasts on the National Geographic Channel, and we’re all excited to see the results of all the hard work and preparation that has gone into this event so far. Stay tuned!
Did someone say “competitive archery”? That must’ve been Mike Howley! Fresh off a flawless transmission from Trump’s candidacy announcement in Orlando earlier this week, Mike heads to the Kentucky Laurel County Fairgrounds for the ASA Mathers Pro-Am archery tournament. Not only will we be providing the only transmission pathway from site, we will also provide streaming services from the PSSI International Teleport. Our team at PIT will take in Mike’s signal and push to multiple streaming platforms, including Facebook and YouTube.
We had large corporate event earlier this week, with production specialist Mike Lemieux overseeing a two-camera shoot with graphics, playback, and lower thirds out of the NT21 truck in Bethesda, MD. Dennis Smith handled the transmission, which was received by John Foley with a flyaway antenna on a rooftop at corporate headquarters in Massachusetts. Project manager Gavin Williams helped put it all together, and for the 10th year in a row the event was a big success. Nice work, guys!
Just one golf tournament this week, as Larry Sheets finds himself at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, WI. Larry’s working with Golf Channel on the American Family Insurance PGA Tour Championship, with play through Sunday.
Nick Ray will be up real early on Monday morning for a live shot on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program. Nick’s setting up a multi-path transmission with extensive comms on Sunday at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. Nick and our team in Worcester, MA, including Rick Varney and Marc Sarazin, just finished up a week’s worth of repairs and upgrades on the C42 truck. She’s looking great as we head into a busy stretch in the Northeast.
Speaking of upgrades, our Satcom team in Orlando, FL has been tearing apart the C24 truck to make extensive technical and cosmetic upgrades to this workhorse. There’s great work getting down there in the nasty humidity by AJ and Sam Miceli, Nick Dailey, Abi Falcon, and Norm Bearce. Stay cool, fellas!
We’ll finish with some racing, as the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series resumes at Sonoma Raceway, where Kyle Meyer and Jonathan Ayala are back at the helm of the C27 mobile teleport for a weekend of racing leading up to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday. As usual, Jonathan and Kyle are providing data and video distribution services via the AT&T Global Video Services network along with satellite transmissions back to NASCAR headquarters in Charlotte.
Meanwhile, Justin Roszak and Rick Ball have the CK48 mobile teleport rocking and rolling at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, IL this weekend for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. Not only are we transmitting 14 video paths via satellite to PIT for distribution to Charlotte, we are also providing phones and internet via satellite for the production crew. Here again PIT figures prominently as the hub for both video and data between the remote track and NASCAR HQ. Great job out there, guys!