eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) covered the 2015 Rugby World Cup, broadcasting live from the U.K. to its South African audience. The eNCA crew used the Quicklink Midi Backpack, a portable uplink transmission system, to send live interviews from both team players and fans back to their studio in Cape Town. The broadcast involved reporting live before, during and after the Wales vs. South Africa quarter-final match. Reporters Percivale Young and Natalie Powell sent live footage using the Quicklink Midi Backpack outside the Twickenham Stadium following Wales’ heartbreak defeat to South Africa on Oct. 17.
Sean Thomas, broadcast deliveries manager for eNCA, explains, “We have come to rely heavily on the Quicklink solutions for fast news coverage. Using the Quicklink Midi Backpack at the U.K. stadiums has given us the opportunity to become more mobile and get fan reactions from just about anywhere. Our correspondent, Natalie Powell, was making use of public [data] transport, and the Midi was the obvious choice for quick, effective live crossings.”
Thomas adds, “Excellent quality has been achieved, averaging between 4 and 10 Mb/s upload speeds, many of which are comparable to SNG [satellite newsgathering] van crossings.”
Designed to be the lightest, most portable uplink encoder, with eight integrated high-gain modems and a large touchscreen, Midi Backpack has enabled broadcasters such as eNCA to deliver high-quality live video from anywhere, at any time. eNCA used Sony PMW-EX3 cameras for lives, previews, fan interviews and post-match crossings outside the stadiums.