SIS LIVE Announces the Launch of OB 14

OB 14 will be on public display on the piazza at MediaCityUK, Salford on Wednesday 19th September

SIS LIVE, the largest outside broadcast provider in the UK announces this week the launch of OB 14, the latest addition to its fleet of state-of- the-art outside broadcast vehicles. SIS LIVE supplies technical facilities for prestigious events around the world including the Commonwealth Games, Olympics and Paralympics, Open Golf, Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Formula 1, the Proms, BTCC, Six Nations Rugby, a multitude of high profile football matches and Royal events such as the Diamond Jubilee and the Royal Wedding.

OB 14 will be used extensively on the BBC’s Match of the Day contract but will deliver various ad hoc outside broadcasts throughout the year, particularly in the theatre, comedy and light entertainment genres. A key feature of the truck is that it can operate either fully expanded or completely closed up, making it perfectly suited to operate in restrictive city centre parking spaces.

Séan Hughes, Senior Producer/Director, BBC Sport, says “The newly built OB 14 is a welcome and impressive addition to the SIS LIVE fleet. I had the pleasure of seeing the final phase of the build and I very much look forward to putting her through her paces."

OB 14 is HD and 3G capable, multi-purpose, comprising an expandable production area, adjacent to comprehensive vision, engineering, VTR and audio areas.

It is capable of up to 12 x HD multi-format cameras plus radio cameras and has a recording capability which utilises 3 x EVS and 3 x HD CAM units. OB 14 offers an incredibly flexible production space that features the latest 3G technology, a Sony MVS7000X and an Evertz EQX router and glue.

Additional features include a 2ME video mixer and a Calrec Omega Bluefin digital audio mixer, which delivers 5.1 surround sound with Dolby E encoding. The truck is designed for future tapeless workflows, being wired for EVS XT3 Xfile and Xfly.


This innovative vehicle features an integrated iDirect satellite dish on the roof enabling it to provide high bandwidth internet connectivity. Using this technology, clients are offered ADSL access to upload and download file-based or streamed data, as well as access to e-mail and the internet through an ADSL service.

OB 14 successfully delivered its first liveon 25th August for Manchester United versus Fulham FC at Old Trafford for the BBC’s Match of the Day. Pete Andrews, BBC Sport, says “I spent a happy afternoon at Old Trafford in OB 14. Everything worked perfectly and it is always nice to spend some time in a new truck”

David Meynell, Managing Director, SIS LIVE says “OB 14 has been designed and built in close consultation with key clients to ensure that it is perfectly suited to their needs. Our expert in-house teams ensure that all our trucks offer the very best in technology and flexibility, making them suitable for a wide range of work. Our key aim is to make sure our clients are offered the most comfortable and ergonomic spaces in which to work. With the addition of OB 14 to our fleet SIS LIVE is well placed to maintain its position as an industry leader in the outside broadcast industry.”


Vehicle Specifications:
Length 12m
Width 2.5m Closed, 3m with Monitor Stack Expanded, 4m with Side and Monitor Stack Expanded (The unit can operate closed or expanded)
Height 4m

Up to 12 HD/SD Sony HD 2500/1500 Cameras

40 Fader Calrec Omega Bluefin Desk
Riedel Talkback System

Vision Mixer
Sony MVS7000X
40 Inputs with a 2 ME Console
2 Ch DME

3 HD/SD EVS and 3 HD/SD VT Recorders
Wired for XFile and XHub

Evertz EQX with embedded audio


Production Area
2 rows of Production Desks

Production Monitor Stack
12 x 22” Digital Displays (Configurable with up to 4 Images on each monitor giving 48 source monitors)
2x 26” Digital Displays

Production Second Desk
2x 22” Digital Displays (Configurable for 4 Images on each monitor)

About SIS
SIS is one of the world’s leading companies in the television broadcasting industry. It is the foremost supplier of television programming and data services to the UK and Ireland betting industry. The company’s broadcast business, SIS LIVE, operates the largest satellite uplink fleet in Europe and is the largest outside broadcast provider in the UK. SIS LIVE offers a complete broadcasting solution including global distribution, satellite internet and IP provision, special camera systems, wireless camera solutions and broadcast systems integration services. SIS LIVE also designs and manufactures an innovative, market-leading range of satellite and broadcast products. The company covers over 100,000 hours of live events worldwide each year and delivers approximately 80% of live news feeds across the UK.  Credits include the America’s Cup, Formula One, Wimbledon Championships, Glastonbury Festival and European Tour Golf. For more information, please contact: