Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SABC's HD Outside Broadcast vans used tonight for the first time in history in 4 different countries, in 4 different cities across Africa.

For the first time in history, the SABC's high definition (HD) Outside Broadcast vans (called OB vans in the biz) will be used in 4 different countries, in 4 different cities, across the African continent for different broadcasters.

The remarkable achievement from the SABC comes as SABC HD OB vans are stationed in Cape Town in South Africa, as well as in Botswana, Lesotho and in Mozambique to capture and broadcast the AFCON qualifying matches for 2015.

Using the SABC's HD OB vans from the South African public broadcaster's Television Outside Broadcast division (TVOB) are the SABC's sports division, SABC Sport, as well as TV Mozambique and Sport 5.

These qualifying AFCON matches are also broadcast in Europe with the SABC providing the satellite uplinks.

Each SABC HD OB van is manned by around 20 people comprising the technical, production and operational crew.

The production crews in the countries outside of South Africa will each be using 6 cameras, slomo and edit fascilities, while the SABC's production crew in Cape Town will be even larger, using 19 cameras, including super slomo's.

The SABC says the South African public broadcaster looks forward to being able to broadcast future events of this magnitude as the biggest public service broadcaster in Africa.