Black Box was able to surpass the customer’s expectations thanks to their broad product lines. “With Black Box, you can basically get anything you need,” Veldhuis said. “They possessed flexibility that assured us we could get what we needed now as well as be positioned to get other equipment if we need it later. Then there was the wiring. We wired most of the matrix with their cables and connectors, and it was nice to order it from one vendor.”
Black Box’s eight-in-one solution, which connects eight screens and requires just one box to plug into the matrix, was also a deciding factor. Explained Veldhuis, “We knew it would allow producers to do things so much faster rather than jump from computer to computer.”
This was certainly a large project for Black Box. It encompassed 130 non-linear editing systems, 27 graphic production workstations, three linear editing and control room suites, five audio production rooms with four voice-over booths, a music composer’s room, one virtual studio, and a hard set.
In a three-month buildout, Black Box revamped the WWE’s system by installing a 288-port switch populated with 246 TXs and RXs. They also installed a 48-port switch populated with 36 TXs and RXs, which was used for their extra control room. The overall system was designed to allow the WWE to upgrade to a 576-port switch if needed. Black Box Cat 6 cabling and connectors were also used, delivering a product continuity that appealed to the customer.