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Crocmedia Covers Houston’s Big Game with ViA

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Crocmedia’s Off The Bench radio show in Australia travelled to radio row to cover the big game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston. “This has turned into a regular annual gig for us and this year in Houston we did things a little differently,” said George Biagioni, Crocmedia’s IT Broadcast Engineering Director.

“We recently purchased 4 Tieline ViA remote codecs and a Genie Distribution codec for our AFL Nation show, which is syndicated nationally across Australia. As a result, I decided to road-test one of our new ViAs on radio row in Houston.”

“Craig Hutchison and John Rothfield, aka Dr Turf were on the ground in Houston, and another announcer Liam “Pickers” Pickering was at our Melbourne studio for the show,” said George. “Audio from the guys in Houston was mixed with Pickers’ audio in Melbourne, so we needed very low latency audio communications between Melbourne and Houston to make it work.”

“The guys have great chemistry and rely on being able to instinctively bounce off each other’s comments. The ViA codec connected flawlessly to our Genie Distribution codec in Melbourne and delivered imperceptibly low latency audio over IP for several hours of broadcasting. It never missed a beat.”

“We are constantly doing live remote broadcasts and ViA offers the flexibility we require to stream from dozens of locations across Australia,” said George. “The Australian Football League season starts in March and ViA will be at the front line of our national coverage. ViA’s internal battery means we can broadcast from virtually anywhere for hours and we can stream using USB modems, Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections, so every option is covered.”