"Broadcasting our regular news programming live from multiple locations, from the sand on South Beach to Sun Life stadium during Super Bowl, required that the equipment be very portable," says Mel Olinsky, director of bureau operations, CBS News. "Working on location, we also have to transport HD signals over long distances, which would have been impossible with copper. The LiGHTBoX field fiber optic transport system provided all of our connectivity, over one multiple strand fiber cable, with no length restrictions."
CBS News has used the LiGHTBoX extensively covering several major events, including political conventions and most recently, the Super Bowl. During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, MultiDyne's LiGHTBoX transported video for several newscasts, including "The CBS Early Show," "The CBS Weekend Evening News" and "Face The Nation," which all broadcast live from different locations, including South Beach in Miami and Sun Life Stadium Miami Gardens. For these broadcasts, CBS News required the option of monitoring both HD and SD signals and wanted to transport video back and forth from various locations in South Florida to the network's broadcast trucks, which were often parked far away from the shooting locations. A battery powered, bi-directional HD field fiber transport system designed for field and harsh environment applications, the LiGHTBoX was the ideal, portable solution to transport signals over distances as far as three football fields away during each on-location shoot.
Frank Jachetta, Managing Director, MultiDyne, stated, "On-location ENG and production can be very hectic, especially leading up to major events." He concluded, "The LiGHTBoX takes some of the stress out of a live, remote shoot, as it is incredibly easy to transport, rugged enough for any field condition and extremely reliable. We're thrilled that our LiGHTBoX plays a role in making sure that on-location CBS News broadcasts go off without a problem."
CBS News continues to use the LiGHTBoX units for remote broadcasts. For more information on the LiGHTBoX, please visit www.multidyne.com.
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