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S IS LIVE is well-established as Europe’s largest
supplier of satellite uplinks, but considerable
investment in a wide-ranging fibre network is
positioning it as a major connectivity provider to UK Live
events. Many major broadcasters now have resilient fibre links
to broadcast teleports at SIS LIVE’s headquarters in
MediaCityUK and Milton Keynes, along with sporting
venues, network operators and studio facilities, plus
international teleports and global connectivity providers.
UK sports stadia currently benefitting from the rapidly-
expanding fibre connectivity network include all the Premier
League football grounds, as well as various racecourses
and dog race tracks. In anticipation of the Rugby World
Cup this year, SIS LIVE has also begun to install resilient
fibre links in major rugby venues across the country for
ITV Sport. These will include Wembley, Twickenham and
Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
The expansion is part of an ambitious strategy to double
SIS LIVE’s venue capacity for connectivity in the UK by
2016, in order to meet the growing requirements from the
sports and entertainments sector.
Meanwhile, SIS LIVE’s highly-regarded SNG and ad-hoc
event coverage continues apace. Since its first live non-
sport broadcast of the fall of the Berlin wall back in 1989, it
has grown to become a major force in the uplink and SNG
markets. Today, it provides contracted digital satellite services to all
the major UK broadcasters — BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five,
Sky News and Sky Sports News – and is the only company
with multiple regional bases throughout the UK.
The SIS LIVE fleet boasts around 128 uplink trucks and
additional flyaway units, and the company covers over
100,000 hours of satellite links each year for worldwide
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In addition to its contracted services, SIS LIVE uplink
trucks have become familiar fixtures at major sporting
and entertainment events and TV shows, as part of its
highly-valued ad-hoc connectivity service. Credits include
the London Marathon; European Tour Golf; Glastonbury
Festival; UEFA Champions League Football and
Earlier this year, SIS LIVE was back on the Austrian slopes
to reprise its uplink services for celebrity winter sports
show, The Jump, on Channel 4. SIS LIVE’s dual antenna
uplink vehicle and crew were asked back for the second
series because a live show from the unpredictable weather
conditions of the Austrian Tyrol demands the best and most
reliable broadcast partners.
Uplink crews from SIS LIVE and its broadcast partners
are supported by a dedicated network operations centre,
operational 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. This facility
provides monitoring and switching for both satellite and
ground based communications and can carry out the most
complex routing tasks.