32’ Expando on 40’ one-piece truck
Established in 1994, Mobile TV Group is celebrating its 20th anniversary with continued dedication to technological innovation, customer service, maintenance, and competitive pricing.
The company was initially launched as Mountain Mobile TV (in Colorado), then added Lone Star mobile (in Texas), Western Mobile TV, and eventually combined operations into Mobile TV Group (MTVG). It is privately owned.
Since the beginning the primary focus of the company has been on regional sports production. Starting with just the Denver Nuggets, MTVG now provides mobile unit services to the networks that telecast the games of about 50% of all NBA, NHL, and MLB teams. In recent years MTVG has added an increasing number of national events, college sports and some entertainment events, totaling over 4,000 events annually.
With 27 high definition mobile units (plus “B” units, Audio trailers, etc.), MTVG is able to base its facilities, engineers, and drivers all over the U.S. effectively providing local service to the regional networks and to visiting national networks. In addition, MTVG employs event coordinators and assigns them to regional networks to give them consistent and one-stop service. The combination of engineers, event coordinators, and drivers creates very effective regional teams.
In 2003 MTVG launched the “dual feed” concept which made it possible to do both home and visitor high definition productions from a single mobile unit. This approach has evolved to a “side-by-side dual feed” where home and visitors work in separate trailers, but from a central set of electronics.
As a result, the company can provide both home and visitor the same low rate for each side, but with space and facilities equivalent to two state-of-the-art mobile units. Every year, MTVG is adding two more of these “side-by-side duals” so that eventually it will be the standard for all regions.
MTVG adheres to a set of strongly enforced principles: First among these is integrity, ethics, and fairness. We combine these with the old-fashioned “customer-is-always-right” approach. And with respect to its mobile units, we have a no-deferred maintenance policy. If something breaks or fails we will repair or replace it by the next event – regardless of cost. We urge our customers, employees, and vendors to let us know if we don’t live up to any of these policies.
We are proud of our comprehensive training program that offers hands on training to become part of the best team of mobile engineers in the world.
See more pictures of our newest side-by-side dual here.
Mobile TV Group (MTVG) announces the company will launch the first 4K/UHD mobile production unit in North America in 2015 and will demonstrate the work-in-progress at the National Association of Broadcasters convention this April. The all-new 53’ expando will be capable of sports and entertainment productions with up to fourteen 4K cameras. By making it practical to produce in 4K, this will be a major boost for the delivery of live 4K content to the home. Read More
Since last March, Mobile TV Group has purchased 18 Grass Valley LDX XtremeSpeed Super Slow Motion cameras. The cameras operate at 6 times speed and can playback at up to 11 times on the Grass Dyno/K2 server. This system is rapidly becoming the standard for SSMO. It offers instant playback, smooth ramping from regular speed to SSMO, and the ability to correct for lighting flicker. MTVG has deployed two of the super-slo-mo cameras on nine mobile units throughout the fleet. The XtremeSpeed cameras will match the rest of the Grass Valley cameras perfectly, giving the production team the ability to cut live to the XtremeSpeed with confidence.
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