BitFire Networks Expands Deal With Major League Rugby For Transmission, REMI Support

As MLR’s fifth season kicked off on February 5, BitFire Networks expanded their efforts to support the league’s broadcast transmissions across the globe. This partnership began in 2021 and will now run through the entire 2022 eighteen-week season, followed by the Championship series.

“BitFire is thrilled to continue our partnership with such an elite broadcast group in showcasing Major League Rugby to the world,” says Bob Sullivan, President and CEO of BitFire Networks. “MLR execs were so pleased with our production capabilities, that they asked us to partner on the current season.”

BitFire’s one-of-a-kind technology is central to helping the league’s production partners with broadcast program transmission, monitoring and REMI – or Remote Integration Model – support.

BitFire will use its customized live production system and again partner with two of MLR’s top production teams, L2 Productions and Tupelo Honey, in broadcasting the 2022 matches. BitFire deployed servers in the control rooms of L2 Productions and Tupelo Honey. Servers were also installed on several of the mobile units that will travel to the team’s venues.

This REMI workflow solution will allow the production companies to have their crews produce game coverage remotely, with only minimal staff onsite at the venue. BitFire’s transmission solution will keep all the video and audio feeds perfectly in-sync – allowing the production crews to produce the game exactly as they would on-site.

BitFire also continues to expand their proprietary transport network allowing them to manage program transmission for every MLR game to regional, local and OTT affiliates across the U.S. and Canada.

With the ability to distribute each game to multiple sources at the highest quality, BitFire Networks is providing a turn-key solution for the league’s on-air distribution. In the 2022 season BitFire will manage coverage that will air on NBC Sports, Bally’s, AT&T, TSN, and several local network affiliates.

“Innovating & delivering live production and broadcast solutions is what BitFire does all under one roof,” adds Sullivan. “Our reliable, crystal-clear broadcasts are essential in a remote production world, to the hundreds of thousands of fans who watch professional rugby each year.’

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