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Posted By Jason Dachman, Managing Editor On January 9, 2015 @ 12:43 pm
In October 2013, Ross Video charted out a new strategic roadmap by acquiring South Florida-based Mobile Content Providers (MCP) and, in doing so, officially entered the remote-production market. Just over a year later, Ross Mobile Productions (RMP) has already experienced tremendous growth, increasing its fleet from two to five trucks and gaining a foothold in the linear-TV market after primarily serving streaming shows in the past.
“To say we’ve grown quickly is an understatement,” says MCP founder Mitch Rubenstein, now president of RMP. “We now have an office in New York, and, in Florida, we moved into a new office that is twice the size of [our previous location], partially in order to build more trucks.
The new trucks have stayed plenty busy in the mid-market niche that Ross is looking to serve, working college-basketball packages with the America East Conference , ESPNU, and NBCSN. RMP has also inked a deal to produce all games for the new FXFL development football league and is working with Alliance Productions on a Conference USA football package (RMP is packaging, but Alliance is sole mobile-unit provider).
RMP also played an integral role in the production of the Kentucky Wildcats’ Big Blue Bahamas Tour telecasts – three games on ESPNU and the first-ever live event on SEC Network. For the Kentucky Big Blue Tour in the Bahamas, LTN was the primary transmission path, making for a cost-effective way to broadcast the games. The expense for “shipping” an uplink truck from the US was prohibitive so that would have made it unreasonable to broadcast the six games. Ross Mobile Productions secured a dedicated ethernet connection at the arena (50Mbps) which enabled the transmission to the proprietary, fully managed LTN backbone. Ross used an LTN Fly Pack with an LTN Appliance, Adtec En91 encoder, and Sencore 4400 decoder for the return feed. The feed was encoded at 20Mbps 720p MPEG-4. From the LTN Network, the feed was dropped to the Encompass Waterfront facility, where it was handed off to a fiber connection into ESPN Bristol.