Gearhouse Broadcast’s Flyaway Pods put Sky Sports in Pole Position for 2014 F1 season

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For the third year running,broadcast solutions supplier Gearhouse Broadcast is providing Sky Sports with a complete flyaway production solution for its comprehensive Formula 1 coverage. The interconnecting pods designed, built and integrated by Gearhouse’s special projects team, will travel by road or air to all of the 19 races scheduled during the 2014 season which kicked off in Melbourne, Australia in late March.

The bespoke Flyaway system comprises of four matching pods which link into Sky Sports’ onsite production facilities. All of the distribution, routing and camera control equipment is installed in the MCR pod, while the EVS, Avid and SAN storage is housed in the server pod. A dedicated pod houses the 5.1 audio control room, while the fourth handles all the storage requirements.

In terms of the equipment that Gearhouse has implemented, the pods include: EVS XT3 servers; Harris Glue; Pro-Bel router; a Grass Valley Karrera HD vision mixer; a Lawo MC 56 audio console; Riedel communications system; Panasonic 3100 cameras and Fujinon lenses.

“Sky Sports is giving Formula 1 viewers a depth of coverage never offered before, so it’s vital that our production infrastructure meets the huge demands placed on it across an entire race calendar,” said Keith Lane, Sky director of operations. “This is the third year that we’ve used Gearhouse Broadcast’s Flyaway Pods, so our production team now know them well and can concentrate on the coverage that we’re delivering, rather than worrying about the facilities.”

“With all races being broadcast in HD and 5.1 audio, Sky Sports require a solid and dependable production facility at each circuit,” said Kevin Moorhouse, COO at Gearhouse Broadcast. “Our Flyaway Pods deliver the necessary high specification facility that ensures Formula 1 fans get the viewing experience that the sport warrants.”


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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