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BMG supporting more global content productions leveraging JVC equipment

Founded in 2005, Broadcast Management Group (BMG) is a full-service global broadcast media company that provides managed services to networks, studios, agencies, and corporations.

The company manages various projects, from large-scale, multi-camera productions to engineering technical facilities and launching over-the-top (OTT) networks from the ground up. Looking to add additional equipment to its inventory, BMG wanted pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras that were versatile, cost-effective and had the video quality necessary for live broadcast.

Led by Founder & CEO Todd Mason, BMG purchased a variety of JVC’s KY-PZ510BU Ultra-Wide-Angle, KY-PZ200BU Streaming and KY-PZ100BU PTZ Cameras, as well as the RM-LP100U and RM-LP5G Remote Camera Controllers. Since then, BMG has installed several of these solutions for various clients’ facilities while its production teams have also deployed them to produce live sporting events for several clients.
For sports, the company often places JVC PTZs in the announcer booths as commentator cameras throughout the games, which are broadcasted live to major networks like ESPN and CBS. To do so, BMG depends on a remote production workflow or a traditional truck-on-site model with trucks deployed from BMG’s hubs.

By doing so, one favourite feature of the PTZs is the ability for the cameras to be operated remotely. “While we usually need to have six to 10 manned cameras covering the actual game itself, for the commentators we can use two or three PTZs with a remote operator, and this is extremely helpful,” said Mason.

Another key feature is the cameras’ advanced streaming capabilities. Mason explained, “With all our other cameras, the feeds are coming through encoders back to BMG’s Cloud Control Center, and those encoders are very expensive.

“Our shows keep getting bigger and bigger, which means increasingly more encoders and decoders are needed. Having SRT directly out of the PTZ camera is just another big way to cut costs. It essentially frees up channels and saves us from tying up primary encoders.”

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