FOX has expanded its Quantel Enterprise sQ HD production system to support the new FOX Sports 1 network, due to launch Aug. 17. FOX Sports 1 will broadcast a daily sports news program and will air coverage of multiple sporting events, including college football, basketball, NASCAR and UFC, with Major League Baseball to become part of the schedule in 2014. The expansion increases the number of ingest ports and adds more editing capabilities to support the new channel.
“It was an easy decision to expand our existing Enterprise sQ system,” said FOX executive vice president Todd Daly. “It provides both power and speed with a very quick turnaround time from ingest to air. The system is intuitive which has eased training as we ramp up for the new channel.”
FOX’s Quantel system, based at its headquarters in Los Angeles, is built around 10 sQ servers, split into two production zones, providing more than 1,700 hours of HD media storage. The system supports around 80 simultaneous users working on 24 sQ View applications, eight sQ Cut, 12 sQ Edit and four Qube craft editors. There are also 14 Media Viewer applications supporting Dixon Sports Hilite Loggers.
The system also supports multiple sQ Play applications for playout and Livetouch applications used for instant playback of live sports action.