Ross Mobile Productions: New Kid on the Block Ramps Up Quickly

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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 [1], 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.

Telluride station linked to world

Against mountain backdrop, former CIA agent weighs in on national issues


Photo by: Courtesy of Karen James

Bob Baer, a CNN analyst and area resident, appeared on the network several times this week while sitting in front of a green screen in Telluride. A new media center allows Telluride TV to provide fast, live feeds to network stations.

By Dale Rodebaugh, Herald staff writer

Telluride, a mountain town of 2,400 known for its winter sports and summer festivals, has been a destination for outsiders.

But since last week, it has been the point of origin of world-news commentary that keeps outsiders glued to the local Telluride TV media center.

Denver Turns Olympic Sports Into RSN Gold With Altitude, LTN Global Communications

Regional sports networks are always looking for quality, local, live programming to fill out their massive calendars. College content is a natural fit, but smaller viewing audiences (for Olympic sports) make the business model for building a production a tough sell. Even with many Division I schools capable of producing their own live events these days, there still remains a significant obstacle to linear-network distribution: transmission technology and costs.

DenverLogoThe University of Denver is working with Colorado-based RSN Altitude Sports to get around those challenges via technology developed by LTN Global Communications. LTN’s Video Transport Service enables Denver’s Pioneer Vision to access the company’s cloud-based, proprietary network, which makes transmitting the signal to Altitude’s master control a fraction of the cost of traditional satellite transmission or even a direct fiber line, which the two entities used to connect last spring to broadcast DU’s lacrosse games.

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ENCOMPASS is Expanding Its Reach and Capabilities with LTN’s Managed IP Network

Recognizing a growing trend in the market toward next generation IP-based video transport solutions, the company embraces the future of IP delivery.

Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, is working with LTN and its next generation managed IP network to provide a total solution for affordable, reliable transmission services across the globe. Encompass recognizes the quality and affordability of using IP over reliable, defined Internet-accessible hardened nodes. The companies are working together to deploy IP transmission kits including multi-channel HD encoding for sports, news, entertainment and corporate events. Encompass’ New York Waterfront facility acts as a point-of-presence for LTN and enables the connectivity of hundreds of customers directly to the LTN IP network. In addition, Encompass’ global Teleport footprint is directly accessible to LTN.

“With the demand rising for reliable, broadcast quality IP delivery, Encompass is not only embracing this trend but is looking one step ahead into what we see as a rapidly growing delivery technology within our industry,” said Chris Myers, Encompass’ Executive Vice President, Global Occasional Services.

“Encompass and LTN are providing a compelling solution for our clients by creating a one-stop shop for transporting their events from anywhere on the globe easily, economically and with high quality and reliability,” said Malik Khan, Executive Chairman of LTN.

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