ARCTEK Satellite Finds Super Success at SoFi Stadium; New KU-Band Truck in the Works
Super Bowl LVI saw ARCTEK Satellite Productions tackle a number of shows, ranging from the Los Angeles Rams Fanfest from Oak Christian High School the Monday before the game, to the halftime press conference from the LA Convention Center to NBC’s domestic backup satellite needs for the big game itself.
“ARCTEK has been working with NBC’s Sunday Night Football for a few years and it was a natural fit for this year’s Super Bowl,” says Brian Stanley, ARCTEK founder and owner.
ARCTEK’s Magenta truck along with Engineer Josh Davis were at SoFi Stadium all week providing KU uplink and downlink capabilities from Stamford, CT and 30 Rock in preparation for Sunday’s game.
“There are over 100 feeds via Fiber, Bonded Cellular, and Satellite between NBC HQ and the stadium,” says Stanley. “We were honored to play a part of the transmission solution of this game. It’s an early 2022 highlight for us.”
ARCTEK also partnered with Roughhouse HD to provide a five-service REMI from Oak Christian School in Westlake Village CA for Rams fanfest send off celebration for the NFL Network.
Andy Royer from Roughhouse got the call late the week before to provide uplink and MUX from the Westlake Village location,” says Stanley. “He knew we were in town for the Super Bowl and had all the MUX and monitoring capabilities in our Sprinter, so we were happy to help bring the celebration to the NFL Network.”
ARCTEK took five camera feeds from the production truck and sent the MUX back to the NFL Network where the show was cut and graphics were added.
“The show went off without a hitch,” says Stanley.
ARCTEK also was on hand to transmit the half time press conference featuring Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Mary J Blige from the LA Convention Center. Roughhouse HD and ARCTEK partnered again with Roughhouse providing the uplink truck and Stanley operated it for the non-sports presser from Downtown LA.
“We rarely do non-sports events,” says Stanley. “The halftime show created a buzz unlike any other in recent years and I didn’t want to trust the feed with just anyone. So, when Roughhouse had an uplink available, I jumped at the opportunity to run their truck for the press conference.”
It’s all part of a busy year for ARCTEK as the company will take delivery of a brand new KU uplink truck in May. ARCTEK currently has three KU and two C-band uplink trucks, all on the Sprinter chassis.