M-Net is a South African pay-TV satellite broadcaster. Founded in 1986, M-Net currently operates nine channels, broadcasting both local and international programming. Genres include general entertainment, children's series, sports and movies.
M-Net needed a reliable, flexible broadcast solution that would allow for faultless, high-quality coverage of sub-Saharan football matches. After a fully competitive tendering process, leading broadcast solutions provider Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – won the contract to provide the South African network with three, eight-camera flyaway systems.
Known for providing tailored broadcast solutions specifically designed to meet individual client needs, the Gravity Media team focused on providing M-Net with flyaways that were flexible, reliable, and cost-effective.
Each kit consisted of Sony E30 cameras, a mixture of Canon lenses, a Sony DVS9000 production switcher, 2 EVS’s, inscriber graphics, a Pro-Bel router and RTS communications system.
Due to extensive lead times on Canon lenses, M-Net took the option to buy quality used box lenses from Gravity Media’s ex-rental stock.
Portability is key for flyaways, so the systems were designed to be robust and easy to rig and operate.
Gravity Media’s vast prior experience and unrivalled technical expertise meant it was able to successfully deliver three state-of-the-art flyaway systems to M-NET – on time, and within budget.
The flyaways featured the most advanced equipment available at the time and allowed for easy transportation.