ProPlex Rock Solid On TV

BBC One’s musical show Pitch Battle recently completed a successful opening season with five pre-recorded episodes, plus the live finals.  Live broadcasts have zero tolerance for malfunctions (just ask Mariah Carey . . . or Janet Jackson) and gear must be 100% reliable.  For this reason, lighting designer Mark Kenyon insists on ProPlex Data Distribution Devices for all his show data networking.

In addition to Pitch Battle, British television credits for ProPlex include six seasons on the hit show Strictly Come Dancing; five seasons of Saturday Night Takeaway; and the new game show Big Heads – all designed by Kenyon.

“ProPlex just keeps working,” says Mark Newell, Lighting Gaffer and Kenyon’s Chief Systems Tech.  “For Pitch Battle, we used ten ProPlex Opto-Splitter 2x8 RDM units, plus a user-friendly, versatile ProPlex IQ Two 1616 node for output streaming.  We love this unit’s ability to be easily changed on the fly.  After many shows, over many years, we’ve had no performance issues with any of these units.  They perform flawlessly and are an indispensable tool for our work.  ProPlex devices are rock solid!”

ProPlex Data Distribution devices and cables offer a truly integrated, complete data management and networking solution for entertainment production and staging.  Products in the range include the GBS 10-port and 6-port GBS Mini; 10GBS 10-Gigabit switch; EZ-LAN Managed Gigabit switch; IQ One and Two Ethernet-DMX Nodes; Opto-Splitter DMX splitters; SceneSwitch 8 DMX/A/B switcher; ProPlex Software; plus ProPlex DMX, Ethernet, and Fibre cables, and much more.

Built for extreme conditions with Neutrik™ connectors, shock-mounted circuitry, and advanced thermal management, ProPlex devices are available in RackMount, PortableMount, Mini, Micro, DIN Rail, and IP Rated formats of various sizes.  ProPlex data cables are world renowned for combining unparalleled data integrity with extreme durability.

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