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Skype Redefines 'Postgame Show' With X Games Extra Out of Airstream Studio

June 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jason Dachman / SVG

For the second consecutive year in Austin, TX, Skype (a Microsoft-owned company) deployed a full studio housed in an Airstream trailer to produce X Games Extra Presented by Skype. The nightly digital show, streamed on XGames.com immediately following the ESPN primetime broadcast, offered an interactive format allowing fans to engage directly with medal winners, talent, and celebrities via Skype.

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"It's a lighter interview show with winners from the day and lots of other athletes," said Mark Wass, broadcast operations manager, Microsoft/Skype, during the Games. "We bring in fans or contributors [via] Skype to interact with them remotely. They get a chance to interview them and ask some questions that fans want to know the answers to that most journalists never really ask."

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To produce the nightly show, Skype deployed a full production team and shipped from Europe a flypack built around a Ross Video Carbonite switcher. Other gear included a NewTek TriCaster to help with recording and playback, a Yamaha audio console, Riedel communications, and plenty of Audinate Dante audio-over-Ethernet technology to help reduce the weight of the flypack.

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