Nov 3, 2021
Support for The Eli Manning Show, new IPTV rollout and COVID workplace requirements
KMH Integration is continuing its A/V planning and consulting partnership with the New York Giants, extending the design and systems integration services the company has provided for the organization since 2015.
In 2021, KMH Integration helped the team transition their production operations to comply with COVID requirements, deploy an internal IPTV system and most recently plan and configure a new studio space for team legend Eli Manning’s new online show, “The Eli Manning Show.”
Before the 2021 season began, Manning took on the role of vice president of business operations and fan engagement and also announced he would be doing an online show with co-host and long-time Giants teammate Shaun O’Hara, interviewing Celebrity Giants fans as guests and featuring pre-recorded feature segments and skits. The show originates from the Legacy Club in MetLife Stadium, which KMH helped equip with HD displays and related technologies. “The Eli Manning Show” can be seen on the Giants YouTube Channel and digital platforms.
“We consulted with the producers and production team on the technical requirements to support the new show,” said Kevin Henneman, president of KMH Integration. “As it evolves, we'll also help them figure out how to continue producing it efficiently and creatively.”
KMH Support for COVID Transitions
The Legacy Club was also the temporary home for the Giant’s broadcast and production teams during the pandemic, when public gathering restrictions prohibited people from working at the Quest Diagnostics training facility. KMH moved the team’s post-production and live production workflow from their usual headquarters in Quest to the Legacy Club in the adjacent MetLife Stadium.
“They were not allowed to go into their usual headquarters,” Henneman said. “However, all through training camp and the run-up to the season, media production had to continue. We worked with the Giants to identify the mission-critical production requirements that needed to be moved and then got everything connected, tested and working. Then just before the season began, we moved everything back and re-established their original workflow at Quest.”
The previous workflow enhancements KMH enabled for the Giants made the COVID-related moves easier and seamless. In 2020, KMH added a Sony PWS-4500 server to the Giants’ media network. This allowed the team to ingest, control and share HD and 4K content more easily between the production control rooms and edit suites within MetLife Stadium and the Quest facility, without having to walk between one facility to the other to physically deliver content.
“When they had to move due to COVID, in addition to re-routing fiber and changing networks, we also extended devices,” Henneman said. “The Sony server stayed installed at Quest, but we provided equipment and engineering guidance so they could control it from the Legacy Club across the parking lot. From their desktops in MetLife, they could ingest and playback clips through the video system at Quest.”
In 2020, KMH also installed a highly configurable TriplePlay IPTV system allowing the coaching staff to display pre-arranged content like menus or travel and training schedules on the more than 200 screens throughout the Quest facility.
KMH originally customized channels in the system so that the coaching staff can use those channels to post training information and motivational messages. Near the end of the 2020 season, system control shifted to the coaching staff. Coaches can manage the content through a web interface from their desktop or by using KMH's remote support desktop, allowing KMH to remote in and add, delete or change content, or reconfigure channels.
The IPTV system was also expanded to include MetLife Stadium, so the Giants can distribute internal messages and conduct Town Hall style meetings to the entire organization. KMH implemented a backup redundancy scenario for the two systems where they can stream channels across the same network connection back and forth between the stadium and Quest.
“Now, with the upgrades we’ve made, the coaches are actually using the system to coach,” Henneman said. “They're able to create their own content and load it to the channel. We provided training and support to help them fully manage the content. We're continuing to work with them to expand the system and make it available to other departments like the front office, marketing or community affairs.”