M-NET Purchase Gearhouse Broadcast Integrated HD Truck

M-Net take delivery of the HD Truck and the Tender Truck

South African Broadcaster M-NET has purchased a high specification, high definition outside broadcast trailer from UK Systems Integrator, Gearhouse Broadcast.

M-NET approached Gearhouse Broadcast when they were looking for an outside broadcast facility. Gearhouse Broadcast was able to offer the systems integration of a custom built, multi-format trailer.

The trailer integrated by Gearhouse Broadcast is a triple expanding high definition outside broadcast unit which caters for 28 high definition cameras and up to 3 versions of 5.1 Dolby surround sound.

The unit’s lateral production area is large, spacious and air-conditioned with 3 tiers of desks which seat up to 12 production staff. The front desk houses a 4ME vision mixer and space for 84 monitors. The second desk provides 16 monitors and comprehensive communications. The third desk provides 32 monitors and comprehensive comms and monitoring facilities. The Unit is fully air conditioned to temperatures of 45 C°. The third expand provides room for a second desk in the VTR area to provide space for up to 11 operators and a co-ordinator. The unit is wired for up to 12 EVS/ 14VTR. In the vision area there is control for up to 28 cameras by 7 operators, plus an engineering test position. The vision router is 576 x 576 and the audio router is 256 x 256 AES and analogue.

The unit is engineered with a large in/out capability making it ideal for major events.


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Andre Venter, Head M-Net Broadcast Services Africa said “We were looking for a solution to our outside broadcast requirement and as Gearhouse Broadcast supplied us with three flyaways in the past, which were delivered on time and to budget, we turned to them to assist us with a highly specified, time sensitive requirement for a 28 camera HD OB vehicle, the vehicle was again delivered to South Africa well within the specified time frame and budget”


Eamonn Dowdall, Managing Director at Gearhouse Broadcast said “We were able to accommodate M-NET’s requirement for an OB truck within a tight deadline and to their exacting specification”.

“The selection of kit being used for this installation demonstrates that Gearhouse Broadcast can tailor the design to a specific market and budget according to individual customer’s needs”.

“I believe Gearhouse Broadcast was selected for this project because of our proven and demonstrable experience in the provision of HD outside broadcast installations. We have delivered many previous high profile HD outside broadcast units in the UK and Europe."