Gearhouse Broadcast invests in IP to offer customers increased flexibility

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Written by: Pete Newton

Gearhouse Broadcast, the Gravity Media-owned supplier of technical facilities, crew and services used to capture the world’s most watched content, is upgrading its fleet of Flyaways to be IP-ready. This means that Gearhouse’s customers will be able to use its portable production solutions with either an SDI, IP or hybrid backbone, whichever set-up they prefer for a particular job.

To facilitate this upgrade, Gravity Media (as Gearhouse Broadcast) has invested in IQUCP25 and IQUCP50 edge cards and MV-820-IP multiviewers from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, as well as Cisco’s Nexus 9000 switch fabric. The Cisco investment was made through workflow specialists, Magenta Broadcast.

Pete Newton, Technical Director at Gravity Media said: “With UHD and HDR productions becoming increasingly common, those tasked with delivering these projects will benefit from the additional flexibility and scalability that IP brings. Embracing new technologies is central to the ongoing success and growth of our business. So, by transitioning our Flyaway systems to operate in IP as well as SDI, or blend of the two, we’re enabling our customers to deliver technically complex productions in the most efficient way possible.”

This investment in IP technology follows on from a series of major 4K equipment purchases made by Gravity Media in 2018 as it continues to prepare for its customers to transition to these new ways of working. The new 4K camera channels and studio/field and ENG lenses bought have been split between its offices in the UK, France, Australia, USA, Germany and Qatar.

Gravity Media is renowned for its innovative Flyaway systems. They are regularly used in international broadcast centres, technical operations centres, production control rooms, edit suites, studios, ENG facilities and for remote productions around the world.

At IBC2018 Gravity Media will be showcasing its latest 1080P, HDR, UHD and 4K live production capabilities, as well as Spidercam’s SC-Light suspended camera system on stand 10.B39 at RAI Amsterdam between 14-18 September.


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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