Super Bowl XLV: Encompass, DVIDS Deliver Live HD Feed of Troops

Encompass Digital Media joined forces with the U.S. military’s Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) to deliver the first, HD satellite feed from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, which was featured live during Fox Sports’ Super Bowl XLV broadcast. The live footage shown during the Fox Sports broadcast featured deployed U.S. service members enjoying Sunday’s big game.

“The close collaboration between the DVIDS hub at Encompass Atlanta and military public affairs units in the field has taken us to a new level of quality,” says Rich Steele, project manager for DVIDS. “Our added HD capability is another enhancement as we fulfill our mission to provide a timely, accurate and reliable connection between the American people and their troops.”

Since 2004, Encompass has been a partner in DVIDS’ media operations. As a result, the military has been able to leverage video streaming and satellite transport technologies to produce broadcast-quality video, still images, and print materials. These packaged products are made available for real-time distribution via Encompass’ satellite and fiber infrastructure.

“Encompass’ global footprint provides more options for DVIDS, especially when the U.S. military is stationed in 13 countries, often in areas where terrestrial connectivity is not accessible,” says Jim Schuster, EVP and president of Encompass Atlanta. “Our ability to provide this kind of remote connectivity enables the DVIDS team to effectively move media around the world.