CNN is replacing 16 of its Satellite News Gathering trucks in an agreement with PSSI Global Services and Frontline Communications.
The deal sees PSSI News Group using 9 new full-size trucks, and another 7 based on smaller Mercedes Sprinter vehicles.
Each is fully equipped with top-shelf broadcast equipment, including Ericsson AVP encoders and IRDs, Evertz Microsystems terminal equipment, Xenon digital routers, Hitomi MatchBox lip-sync systems, Panasonic video production switchers, and Vislink wireless RF camera systems. The new trucks are now in use by PSSI News Group engineers for CNN coverage in regions across the country, including Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, New York City, Dallas, Columbus and Miami.
PSSI says that many of the upgraded trucks are already complete and in use, including a state-of-the-art Sprinter based in Los Angeles and several full-sized trucks with extensive production capabilities in Atlanta, Boston, Denver and Las Vegas. As the upgrades continue, PSSI Global Services plans to deploy trucks in Phoenix, Portland, Kansas City, Nashville, Charlotte and several other cities across the country, further extending the company’s already unparalleled geographical reach.
PSSI has absorbed the 16 ‘old’ CNN vehicles which are being modified, and will be part of its overall 70 uplink/production vehicles throughout North America.