Six TriCasters stream Nik Wallenda’s Grand Canyon crossing
Mobile Studios Inc used no few than six NewTek TriCaster systems to live stream tightrope walker Nik Wallenda’s historic crossing of the Grand Canyon – minus net or safety harness – to a worldwide audience on skywire.discovery.com.
Wallenda’s Grand Canyon walker was more than 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River. The Mobile Studios production crew was on the ground with four TriCaster 455 systems and two TriCaster 855 systems. Five technical directors were on hand, running the TriCaster systems and providing audiences with unprecented coverage of the walk.
Richard Rubin, president of Mobile Studios Inc, comments: “After we were contracted to handle the Latin American feeds for Discovery, we decided to use TriCaster because it provides an elegant solution that met the stringent production requirements for this event. NewTek products deliver tremendous functionality and excellent reliability, so it was an obvious choice for this momentous occasion.”
Philip Nelson, SVP of artist and media relations at NewTek, adds: “We are thrilled that Mobile Studios has chosen TriCaster to be a part of this historic event. Broadcasters around the world have made TriCaster the preferred choice for live streaming events, and on June 23 viewers all across the world had a front row seat to Nik’s Grand Canyon walk. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime live viewing experience with TriCaster again the centre of the action.”