Ericsson satellite technology used in Pacquiao-Mayweather broadcast

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Network equipment maker Ericsson was recently selected to provide an additional level of support for PSSI Global Services (also dba Strategic Television) and its on-site satellite truck content delivery of the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao last May 2.

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The installation was made up of 13 PSSI fully operational satellite trucks, which were equipped with Ericsson?s AVP 3000 Voyager Video Processors and RX8200 Advanced Modular Receivers. Ericsson also provided a team of expert satellite production support engineers to assist with the installation of equipment, maintenance and troubleshooting during the broadcast.

Robert Lamb, CEO, PSSI Global Services, said, “The match proved to be one of the great sporting events of the decade, so we are extremely proud that our industry-leading DSNG (Digital Satellite News Gathering) trucks played an instrumental role in delivering video footage to millions of viewers worldwide. Based on our 20 year relationship with Ericsson, we know its technology provides the necessary quality and consistency to help us deliver the best possible experience to high-level broadcasters, content providers and ultimately consumers.”

The Ericsson AVP 3000 Voyager is a DSNG platform designed for live news, sports and entertainment, delivering multi-codec, multi-format and multi-channel operations that are geared for the “TV Anywhere” audience. The platform includes a hot-swappable modular architecture that supports MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and JPEG 2000 video compression over satellite and IP networks.

The Ericsson RX8200 receivers also offer ultimate operational flexibility by providing the capability to decode all video formats and connectivity for all transmission mediums.

Dr. Giles Wilson, head of TV compression at Ericsson, stated: “We were delighted to have partnered again with and supported PSSI for the marquee encounter between two of the biggest names in boxing, which is likely to become the largest pay-per-view television event of all time.”

Ericsson offers linear content acquisition, exchange and distribution and draws upon a strong compression heritage to deliver high performance, high quality video to service providers, content owners and broadcasters worldwide.

The company’s encoding solutions have been used by major broadcasters during a number of recent high profile sporting events including the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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