Midco Sports Network Upgrades Mobile Production

Grass Valley technology delivers cost-effective HD programming for live sports

Midco Sports Network, which provides live coverage of local sporting events throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, is upgrading an existing standard definition production truck with sophisticated, high definition technology from Grass Valley®.

The upgrade will include seven LDX Première™ software upgradable cameras, a Karrera® Video Production Center switcher, a K2 Dyno® Replay System, and a Concerto™ Series 128x128 compact routing system. The complete Grass Valley solution enables the Sioux Falls, SD-based company to bring high quality HD to its clients and viewers with cost efficiency, while delivering a software-only path to 3G in the future.

“By partnering with Grass Valley, we can produce high-end productions at a cost that suits our budget, and have the flexibility to easily work at any stadium that is pre-wired with triax cable,” said Ron Peterson, Chief Broadcast Engineer, Midco Sports Network. “This gives us enormous freedom and we look forward to the completion of this upgrade.”


Midco Sports Network’s programming originates from multiple systems operator Midcontinent Communications, which serves 300,000 customers in 335 communities throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

LDX Première, Karrera, K2 Dyno, Concerto offer upgradable pathway to 3G


The LDX Première software upgradable cameras are key to the Grass Valley solution, delivering uncompromised 1080i/720p switchable performance and full compatibility with Grass Valley’s line of 3G transmission solutions. K2 Dyno, with its intuitive touchscreen interface lets production staff cue replays and create highlight packages quickly and easily.

“We are thrilled that Midco Sports Network chose Grass Valley solutions to produce its HD sports programming,” said Mike Cronk, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Grass Valley. “With innovative products like LDX, Karrera, and K2 Dyno, we offer access to high-end quality production power without breaking the customer’s bank."


About Midco Sports Network
Exclusively from Midcontinent Communications, Midco Sports Network provides live coverage of local sporting events and broadcasts sports programming. Launched in 2010, programming includes high school, collegiate, professional sports and original series.

About Grass Valley
Grass Valley is changing the way live television is made and delivered. Recognized with 18 Emmy® awards for technology innovation, Grass Valley’s product portfolio—from image acquisition to playout—offers a complete end-to-end workflow of flexible, future-proofed solutions which enable broadcasters and content owners to build multiscreen, multiplatform futures. By simplifying and enhancing the way content is produced and distributed, Grass Valley gives customers the freedom they need to be creative in the studio, the field, and the newsroom. Merging optimizations of IT technologies with best-in-breed media systems, Grass Valley’s next generation solutions deliver higher quality and greater efficiencies. Customers include world-leading broadcasters, teleproduction facilities, service providers, government, religious, educational, corporate, and independent video professionals. Grass Valley is headquartered in San Francisco, and maintains local presence across the globe with offices throughout North and Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific regions.