FreeSports’ Rugby League Uses Quicklink TX For Remote Production

The Quicklink TX has been used by oXyFire Media to assist in remotely producing FreeSports’ Rugby League Back Chat programme amid the pandemic.

The Skype transmission technology has enabled the show to remotely introduce presenters and guests while the usual studio-based production is not able to take place.

Rugby League Back Chat is a 60-minute show produced by PHA Broadcast and broadcast on FreeSportsTV. It discusses the news and breakdown of the UK’s Rugby League and Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL).

“It’s not quite as bad as having a chat show with nothing to chat about; but having a sports chat show with no sport to chat about does have its challenges” says producer Paul Davies of PHA Broadcast. “Rugby League Back Chat was only three programmes into its current series when the lockdown was announced meaning not only was there no sport to talk about, but no guests to talk about no sport.”

Due to social distancing rules, the most obvious prospect was to cancel the series or at least put it on hold until it was safe to return to the outside world. PHA Broadcast required a method of continuing the Rugby League Back Chat show without requiring the presenter and guests to visit a studio and sit side-by-side. There was another option, and that was to get the guests - from their homes - to dial into a system that could lock up pictures and audio from their mobile phone or laptop.

The Quicklink TX was provided to PHA Broadcast by Sheffield’s oXyFire Media.

“The Quicklink Quad has enabled us to continue working during these troubling times. The Quicklink TX [gives us] full control over the four channels as HD-SDI sources into our vision mixer,” said Jay Rozanski, Creative Director at oXyFire Media.

oXyFire have now used Quicklink TX Quad for a number of jobs, including a New York-based fundraising event, produced entirely remotely from the UK.

He adds, “This set up allowed us to provide episodes where shortly before we had been resigned to the prospect of cancelling an entire series. And so well received was this show we have gone on to make one each week throughout the lockdown which is something any number of sport shows have not been able to achieve.”

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