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Skateboarding Channel ETN Communicates with Clear-Com

Specialist skateboarding OTT streaming channel ETN Live has leased an outside broadcast truck from Los Angeles facilities company Auxiliary Channel to produce programming at both its LA headquarters and international locations. The 28-feet long, multi-camera production trailer is equipped with Clear-Com intercom systems for both central matrix and wireless operations.

Communications for the Auxiliary Channel vehicle are provided by a Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Delta 32-port matrix with FreeSpeak II for radio intercom connections. The HX-Delta features four frame card slots that can be used to extend the matrix's functionality: this is accommodating a 64-channel E-MADI (multiple audio digital interface) card; an E-QUE-HX to integrate FreeSpeak II 1.9GHz wireless belt packs; and a total of 12 V-Series interface panels that allow users to choose and switch between intercom channels.

ETN Live was set up by skateboarding enthusiasts and broadcasts from its own premises, which includes an indoor park and outside areas. Programmes include coverage of competitions and extreme boarding, plus reality, gaming and comedy shows with a skateboarding theme. Events are also covered round the world, either using the OB truck or flyaway packages assembled using equipment from the vehicle.

Because ETN Live was the first OTT channel to charge viewers for its services, the requirement was for high-end technology and equipment to deliver good quality broadcasts. "The video we produce for ETN Live has to be compelling, professional and guaranteed to hold the interest of paying viewers," comments Brian Reardon, founder and owner of Auxiliary Channel. "Delivering this kind of high quality video consistently requires an intercom system that keeps everyone connected at all times, which is why I chose Clear-Com."

The 64-channel E-MADI card forms the core of the Auxiliary Channel audio and communications system. "Virtually everything we need is carried through the E-MADI card to the audio console and the router," Reardon explains. The system also incorporates four FreeSpeak II antenna transceivers when wireless connectivity is needed. These are connected to the Eclipse using CAT-5 cabling, giving access to the FreeSpeak II belt packs.

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