Gearhouse Broadcast delivers two HD OB trucks for Indian state broadcaster Doordarshan

2013 06 13 15.05.14

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Multi-purpose trucks commissioned by Indian broadcasting solutions provider AGIV

Gearhouse Broadcast, a worldwide broadcast services specialist, has successfully completed the build and installation of two state-of-the-art HD OB trucks for Doordarshan, the Indian state broadcaster. The trucks were commissioned by Indian broadcasting solutions provider, AGIV, and will be based in Kolkata and Chennai.

The two 11.5m long trucks have been designed by Gearhouse Broadcast’s Systems Integration team with flexibility in mind, allowing Doordarshan to use them for a wide range of productions. They are both wired to take ten cameras, and have each been kitted out with eight Ikegami HDK 97 EXIII camera channels, complete with Canon HJ22ex7.6B IASE lenses and three additional Canon DIGISUPER XJ86x9.3B IE-II-D and two Canon HJ14ex4.3B IASE (wide angle) lenses.

Both trucks are climate controlled and house Snell Kahuna 2.5 M/E vision mixers, Snell Pyxis routers, Studer OnAir 2500 Modulo’s, Marshall 17” LCD HD/SDI displays, Tektronix Waveform audio monitors and Crystal Vision Glue. There is a dedicated production area with room for three operators, an audio mixing area with space for two sound operators and a separate engineering control room which can seat up to four engineers.

Because of Indian transport regulations, which require the trucks to have Leyland chassis, and the tight delivery time of the project, Gearhouse Broadcast sent specialist coachbuilders from the UK out to Bangalore to construct the trucks on site. The equipment frames were built and pre-wired by Gearhouse Broadcast at its headquarters in Watford, UK, and then installed on site by its specialist Systems Integration engineers.

“We chose Gearhouse Broadcast because we were impressed with their systems integration expertise, and the proposal that they put forward to us for the Doordarshan trucks” said R. S. Oberoi, managing director at AGIV. “These two HD OB trucks will enable Doordarshan to deliver high quality broadcasts out of its major hubs in Kolkata and Chennai.”

“Flexibility was of upmost importance when it came to designing these trucks” said Eamonn Dowdall, business development director at Gearhouse Broadcast. “They’ll be used for anything from football matches and cricket games, to festivals and concerts, so need to be adaptable to a variety of situations. All the monitoring in the trucks is fed by the Pyxis router so they can be easily customised and there is increased flexibility on the tailboards for video and audio.”


On 31 October 2019, the four leading broadcast and production houses Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment owned by Gravity Media Group started trading under the brand name of ‘Gravity Media’. All Gravity Media companies around the world are making this transition and will now go to market as a single brand with a bold new look and purpose.

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Gravity Media is a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors. We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites.

We are driven by client service excellence, and we never stand still. We’re always looking and listening, keeping up with the latest broadcast innovations – or pioneering them. Above all, we channel our energy into maintaining our reputation for flawless execution, deep technical expertise, and efficient delivery.

Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.

At the centre of Gravity Media lie three broad categories of expertise: media services & facilitiesproduction & content; and equipment rental & sales.

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