Vista Systems Spyder 344 and a Montage II console were used in support of the general sessions at the EchoStar/DISH Network Team Summit 2006, held June 8-10 at the Colorado Convention Center’s Lecture Hall in Denver.

MPG Productions staged the annual retailer trade show and conference, and was tasked with delivering the first widescreen show for EchoStar/DISH Network using Spyder technology. The event also marked a first for the Colorado Convention Center —not even “Wheel of Fortune” brought in as big a screen during its on-location tapings from the venue.

The Team Summit general sessions featured executives who made extensive use of TV segments, prepackaged HD material, and internally-produced Standard and High Definition clips to present new programs and technology. Capping the daily sessions were the evenings’ entertainment headlined by The Beach Boys and John Fogerty.

The Spyder was invaluable to the show from beginning to end. MPG taped the system’s capabilities for PIP, moving/multiple PIP, full-filling of the 15x50-foot Stewart Aeroview 100 screen, three-screen/three-source split, and keying sponsor logos. Spyder’s versatility for programming the look and feel of the show onsite was also beneficial to both client and producer alike; changes coming up until show time every day were not a problem for MPG Spyder programmer/operator, Frank Musgrove.

The Spyder output was fiber optic DVI to (6) Christie Roadster S+16K 16,000 lumen dark chip DLP projectors while interfacing with 4 cameras, graphics computers for PowerPoint elements, a DoReMi HD SDI HDD recorder/player, and a 1080i HD deck. Also on hand were a Meyer M2D line array and a Whole Hog III lighting console. For MPG, Mike Prince served as project manager and Doug Grebenc account manager.