SIS Live's DriveForce® Hits the Road for Sky Sports

SIS LIVE’s new vehicle mounted antenna deployed for Sky Sports News SNG coverage

Outside broadcast, satellite uplink and product design specialist SIS LIVE announces the deployment of its new 1.8m vehicle mounted antenna DriveForce®. DriveForce delivers high bandwidth transmissions with the ability to transmit at any location including those, like links golf courses, where exceptionally windy conditions prevail.

SIS LIVE is currently operating a new dedicated DriveForce SNG truck for Sky and has launched an additional 6 DriveForce vehicles to support Sky Sports News and other news and sport customers. The DriveForce system has already received tremendous feedback from operators and clients.

Keith Lane, head of operations, Sky, says “SIS LIVE has been providing services to Sky Sports and Sky Sports News for many years. DriveForce is a great innovation and addition to their fleet, enhancing the services provided to Sky Sports. We enjoy the partnership supplier relationship with SIS and look forward to continuing to work together in the future.”


David Meynell, managing director, SIS LIVE says “Sky Sports have revolutionised sports coverage in the UK and we are delighted to follow with an exciting new product offering.  DriveForce is a market-changing innovation, of a higher quality than any other system on the market today and will enable us to offer even better levels of service to new and existing customers.”


With increasing demand for high bandwidth HD transmissions, many existing systems use mounts developed for small aperture antennas, bolstered to take a larger reflector, thus compromising the design. With DriveForce, SIS LIVE have adopted a ‘grass roots’ approach, ensuring that the mount is optimised to carry the large antenna and capable of operating in wind speeds of up to 60mph, almost double that of competing products.  The ultra-high performance carbon fibre system is fully automated, capable of very high bandwidth or dual path transmissions and incorporates SIS LIVE's award-winning differential antenna control technology to find and track any satellite within seconds.

SIS LIVE has invested heavily in accurate tooling and high quality, low tolerance manufacturing processes, ensuring optimal quality and performance of its antennas. This significant investment has enabled the development of units which feature high levels of integration and are extremely lightweight due to the extensive use of composite materials.  

Continuously innovating and redefining broadcast and satellite solutions SIS LIVE’s in-house team design and build a range of cutting edge, award winning products.


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, has the largest satellite uplink fleet in Europe and is the largest outside broadcast provider in the UK. It offers a complete broadcasting solution including onsite outside broadcast facilities, global distribution, satellite internet and IP provision, special camera systems, wireless camera solutions and broadcast systems integration. SIS LIVE designs, develops and manufactures an award-winning range of satellite and broadcast products. The company covers 100,000 hours of live events worldwide each year and credits include the America’s Cup, Formula One, London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Wimbledon Championships, Glastonbury Festival and European Tour Golf, and delivers approximately 80% of live news feeds across the UK.