Sky Germany chooses Lawo consoles for sports
The acquisition of the mc²36 consoles was made via a handshake deal at NAB 2016
Sky Germany's new SNG fleet for sports news HD and live sports production will acquire seven mc2 36 live broadcast audio mixing consoles from Lawo.
The Lawo consoles are identically configured with 16 faders, 192 DSP channels and a routing capacity of 512 x 512 crosspoints. The SNGs, dedicated to sports coverage are currently being built in the UK.
The Lawo consoles will be used for the daily Sky Sports News, originating live reports, press conferences, and champions’ celebration events, as well as unilateral provision for the Champions League and Europa League soccer.
Interior fitting of the vehicles will start in mid-July. Implementation and installation of the mixing consoles is scheduled for completion by November, with the first production commencing in January 2017.
“We have chosen Lawo mixing consoles to prepare ourselves for future developments like remote production, closer networking with Sky Sport News Headquarters, and further optimisation of workflows,” said Alessandro Reitano, VP sports production at Sky Germany. “Furthermore, the number of Lawo-experienced operators in the OB and SNG industry is pretty high, and general familiarity with Lawo consoles is widespread. With Lawo, it is significantly easier to adapt and implement interfaces for existing workflow processes within the Sky Sport News division.”
Ahead of their decision, the Sky team conducted in-depth market analysis and visited various manufacturers at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. After visiting the Lawo booth, a handshake sealed the purchase of the seven mc²36 consoles, followed by a formal order after both parties had returned home to Germany.
“What convinced us were the innovative and future-oriented technology and adaptability to our workflows. We are already familiar with Lawo’s high quality standards and conscientious service, as we use a mc²56 mixing console at our facilities in Bavaria.”