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Sky Sports F1 TM HD has BSI’s roving RF cameras on track by Dave Remnant I n February this year Sky Sports launched it’s Sky Sports F1 TM HD channel, which broadcast live coverage of every race in the F1 TM season as well as every practice and qualifying session, and support programming including the weekly preview show ‘The F1 TM Show’ and the F1 TM Legends series. Sky Sports also show live GP2 and GP3 coverage showcasing the emerging stars of motorsport. Although a new provider outside the USA, Broadcast Sports Inc. (BSI) scooped the contract to provide RF cameras, links and infrastructure for the entire series of 20 races. If you don’t know BSI yet, you’ll soon realise they could not have a better track record to bring to Sky Sports F1 TM . and were even used by NASA in the astronauts’ helmets. BSI has only recently opened its office in Europe – and it is the Watford office, which opened in 2011 – that is working with Sky Sports F1 TM . BSI provides a small team of experienced RF engineers on site to set up and manage all of the RF equipment during the races. The series began in Australia and Malaysia, where forecasts of high humidity and very challenging weather conditions caused speculation about the performance of RF equipment. However, weeks of careful preparation and testing paid off when BSI provided unbroken RF coverage of the Grand Prix TM from Australia and Malaysia on Sky Sport’s F1 TM HD, in spite of torrential down pours in both countries.  In Malaysia, rain was actually so heavy Based in Baltimore, USA, Broadcast Sports has been providing wireless technology and communications systems for television broadcasting for over 25 years. The company is best known for providing High Definition, wireless and Point-of-View (POV) cameras and wireless audio, along with fibre systems for live broadcast and live events. BSI, which was originally founded to deliver on-board cameras for NASCAR, now dominates point- of-view motor racing coverage in America. Its vehicle fleet is the largest in the world dedicated to carrying mobile RF units for television, and the company provides RF cameras and wireless audio for a wide range of entertainment events around the world, including NASCAR, the PGA Tour and the Indy Racing League. BSI’s cameras captured the Presidential Debates and the 2009 US Presidential Inauguration, The receive antennas are mounted on rucksacks and follow the cameras for the interviews. Simon Lazenby Sky TV talks with Christian Horner Red Bull Racing Team Principal at Bahrain International Circuit Sakhir. 66 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY067JUL12.indd 66 05/07/2012 22:31