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ESPN Relies on Arqiva for World Cup SNG Needs

Supplies HD and SD trucks, links 6/07/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern

U.K.-based transmission provider Arqiva is supplying a
range of satellite newsgathering (SNG) equipment for ESPN's coverage of the
2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa that begins this month.

They include two HD SNG trucks; two SD SNGs; one
HD&SD production SNG truck; two TVRO (television receive-only) units; and
an HD flyaway. The SNGs, all fully crewed by Arqiva engineers, will transmit
news content back to ESPN's location at the International Broadcast Center in
Johannesburg.

As previously reported by B&C, ESPN
will have nine newsgathering crews equipped with Panasonic P2 file-based
camcorders
canvassing World Cup venues in the cities of Cape Town, Durban,
Johannesburg, Mangaung/Bloemfontein, Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth,
Nelspruit, Polokwane, Rustenburg and Tshwane/Pretoria.

"We are delighted that ESPN has chosen Arqiva to support
their distribution of this prestigious sporting event to audiences around the
world," said Arqiva EVP Jon Kirchner in a statement. "By deploying the bulk of
our extensive SNG fleet and personnel to South Africa we are ensuring that our
customers have direct access to the highest levels of Arqiva service throughout
the tournament."

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