The entertainment programming during the recent Chinese Lunar New Year period became more diversified as Chinese tech giants competed to sponsor the China Central Television (CCTV) New Year’s Gala, also known as the Spring Festival Gala 2021.
This year, Kuaishou, a Chinese video sharing app and a sponsor of the festival for the last three years, launched its Super Broadcast — a live, interactive show hosted on its platform during the festivities in February. The live broadcast, which was aired nightly from February 1-26 and reached an estimated online audience of 46 million, relied on Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II digital wireless intercom system to facilitate communications and connect various elements of the broadcasting process, including the director, production crews, lighting, audio, video, stage designers, screen operators and special effects.
During the planning stages, GICC, a provider of AV equipment rental and technical services in China, had to consider surrounding gear compatibility and overall coverage of the large onsite area. Xu Fei, General Manager of GICC, explained that the vast mix of gear for the show could potentially cause transmission interference, and the team had to consider how it would all interface together without compromising their ability to cover the surface area of the set.
To address these challenges, GICC deployed FreeSpeak II Base II system operating in the 2.4GHz band, FreeSpeak II 2.4GHz digital wireless beltpacks, and RS-701 wired beltpacks. One FreeSpeak II Base and two FreeSpeak II splitters were positioned at the main control area, and six FreeSpeak II transceivers were placed – at the control area, around the stage, and behind a mammoth LED screen – to ensure comms coverage across the set covering 1,000 sq metres.
The FreeSpeak II transceivers were connected to either CAT5 cable or optical fibre, depending on the placement location. Furthermore, cellular roaming technology kept users connected and moving freely across the expansive space.
Xu said: “A successful show cannot be achieved without collaboration between teams, and the FreeSpeak II wireless system played an irreplaceable role for this event.”