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SD OB Vans - still in service. How much rare is it?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:39 pm
by Blueflash
Public TV broadcaster in my country (Czech Rep.) still uses SD OB Vans for the live events like football or hockey matches (top national level). Is it normal also in another countries (except the "3rd world")? :shock:

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2008? No, 2018! ("HD" in a left corner of the picture means HD channel, not HD transmission)

Re: SD OB Vans - still in service. How much rare is it?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:42 pm
by Xtreemtec
Well it is not normal anymore for todays standards.. 1080i should be the standard.. But if they still can sell it they do a pretty good job..

I mean LDK 8000 is arround for about 12 years now.. They support 1080i HD. So they should have switched to HD at least 5 years ago.. ;)

Re: SD OB Vans - still in service. How much rare is it?

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:04 pm
by Blueflash
Xtreemtec wrote:Well it is not normal anymore for todays standards.. 1080i should be the standard.. But if they still can sell it they do a pretty good job..



Of course, TV viewers are not statisfated with this "old-style" picture.

But I'm a retro-lover :D


This SD OB Van is from 2005....

Some photos from the last June...

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Fanklub-SD- ... 0097129798

Re: SD OB Vans - still in service. How much rare is it?

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 11:30 pm
by Dave Del Vecchio
In North America, the Sports Video Group (SVG) does an annual survey of a bunch of the major companies that rent out OB trucks:
https://www.sportsvideo.org/2017/02/21/ ... le-online/

As of 2017, 3.6% of the trucks in operation were SD only, although I have a feeling the remaining SD trucks probably don't get much use and are soon to be decommissioned. In the 2011 survey, 20% of the trucks were still SD.

If you're curious, there's a lot of other interesting info in the survey as well such as the brand of cameras, switchers, etc. that are in use in the trucks. This is mostly targeting the higher end of the market, so it may not include all of the smaller trucks and vans out there, but is still an interesting snapshot.

Re: SD OB Vans - still in service. How much rare is it?

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 3:48 am
by Blueflash
Thanks ;)

Re: SD OB Vans - still in service. How much rare is it?

PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 10:31 am
by Blueflash
Has anyone some informations about situation in another countries (Eastern Europe, South America etc.)....?