FIA World Rally Championship Expands Coverage Capabilities Using LiveU HEVC Technologies Across 10 Events in 2019

Date: 19/03/2019
FIA World Rally Championship Expands Coverage Capabilities Using LiveU HEVC Technologies Across 10 Events in 2019
Following on from a very successful test of LiveU’s technology at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland in Germany last August, WRC Promoter GmbH, the company that’s responsible for all commercial aspects of the FIA World Rally Championship, has signed up to use LiveU’s technology across 10 rallies this year. LiveU has already helped bring enhanced coverage of Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rally Sweden to viewers in 2019, with another eight events also set to benefit. They include: Tour de Corse, Rally de Portugal, Rally Italia Sardegna, Rally Finland, ADAC Rallye Deutschland, Rally Turkey, Wales Rally GB and Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España.
Florian Ruth, Director of Content and Production, WRC Promoter, said, “We are using three LU600 HEVC-equipped units with associated LiveU server technology and LiveU Central for overall management. HEVC is very important for us to significantly reduce bandwidth and LiveU has fitted smoothly into our production workflows.
Following on from the initial test last year, WRC Promotor has worked closely with LiveU to fully understand how to maximize the quality and the coverage. Ruth highlights the fact that at each event so far, they have continued this optimisation process, with the next rally – Tour de Corse – set to be the first time that the LU600s have been involved in testing camera positions in advance of the event.
Signals are sent – both live and files using store and forward – to the WRC TV production unit where the LiveU servers are situated, normally in the event Service Park, with the content then pulled into the edit suite as required. Rally stages are spread up to 250 km around the Service Park at each event.
Ruth said, “We are using LiveU in conjunction with our RF and satellite workflow, allowing us to significantly expand our coverage without having to worry about access to certain parts of events or rely on motorcycles to deliver the additional captured footage to us. In order to continue to fully engage existing viewers and to attract new audiences, we constantly need to innovate. Using LiveU is allowing us to think differently and to bring a fresh level of dynamism to our content as we can use locations at each event that simply weren’t possible previously. LiveU will also be able to deliver content directly to our Production Hub as we begin to move to remote production.”
2018 saw The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) reach its best ever global airtime figure of 14,208 hours over last season’s 13 rounds, according to Nielsen Research. The WRC, recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), has a long and celebrated history, with 14 rallies around the world forming the 2019 series. WRC Promoter handles all the TV production, including all the broadcast formats, as well as the marketing of the series and sponsorship rights. It also works to increase the number of participants and explores new venues for the calendar.
Zion Eilam, Regional VP Sales (EMEA), LiveU, said, “We have worked very closely with WRC Promoter over the past few months to truly understand the considerable contribution challenges that they face and how we are able to work together to create new opportunities for them. We are very pleased that we’ve been chosen as a key part of their future development.”


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Riedel and TechSound Partner to Deliver Advanced, VoIP-Based Comms Solutions to Chinese Esports Market Posted: 11/04/2019
Riedel and TechSound Partner to Deliver Advanced, VoIP-Based Comms Solutions to Chinese Esports Market
Riedel Communications today announced its support of TechSound, a Shanghai-based company specializing in audio for international esports teams. TechSound designs and operates advanced player communications systems for China esports clients based on Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom system, Performer partyline system, and MAX headsets. Enabling a cost-saving voice-over-IP (VoIP) remote production workflow for esports events across China, the Riedel gear ensures clear communications not only between players, but also between the remote production staff and on-site referees.
Tags: Riedel | TechSound | Partner | Deliver | Advanced | VoIP-Based | Comms Solutions | Chinese Esports Market | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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Riedels Artist and Bolero Enable Seamless Comms Across Four-Venue Passion 2019 Conference Posted: 11/04/2019
Riedels Artist and Bolero Enable Seamless Comms Across Four-Venue Passion 2019 Conference
For the fourth consecutive year, Riedel Communications supplied the communications backbone for Passion Conference — an annual Christian gathering of tens of thousands of students and young adults that took place in early January. Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom system and Bolero wireless intercom enabled tight choreography and seamless delivery of coordinated sessions, speakers, and worship music across four venues: State Farm Arena and Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, The Anthem in Washington, D.C., and The Theatre at Grand Prairie near Dallas.
Tags: Riedel | Artist | Bolero | Seamless Comms | Four-Venue | Passion 2019 Conference | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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Shaping the Future of Broadcast Riedel and tpc Collaborate on Innovative Full-IP Broadcast Facility Posted: 11/04/2019
Shaping the Future of Broadcast and ndash; Riedel and tpc Collaborate on Innovative Full-IP Broadcast Facility
Riedel Communications and tpc, an SRG subsidiary and Swiss broadcast technology leader, today announced their collaboration in the development of Project Metechno, Switzerland's first full-IP broadcast facility. Located in the Leutschenbach district of Zurich, the new campus for the Swiss public broadcasters SRG, SRF, and tpc is set to open in autumn 2019. The IP technology beacon project will include several studios, postproduction facilities, a new MCR, and a centralized playout center — all based on a full-IP infrastructure that unites intercom, audio, and video.
Tags: Shaping the Future of Broadcast | Riedel | tpc | Collaborate | Full-IP Broadcast Facility | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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Harmonic Adds Microsoft Azure Support and Expands Partnership with Akamai for Harmonic VOS 360 SaaS Posted: 11/04/2019
Harmonic Adds Microsoft Azure Support and Expands Partnership with Akamai for Harmonic VOS 360 SaaS
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced immediate availability of Harmonic's VOS®360 SaaS solution on Microsoft Azure with video content delivered by Akamai Media Delivery. This combined offering enables video content and service providers to adopt a more modern, agile and scalable media processing and delivery workflow that eliminates egress costs and extends global reach.
Tags: Harmonic | Microsoft | Azure | Support | Partnership | Akamai | VOS 360 SaaS | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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Harmonic Simplifies OTT Delivery with New CDN-Enabled Primary Distribution Solution Posted: 11/04/2019
Harmonic Simplifies OTT Delivery with New CDN-Enabled Primary Distribution Solution
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today unveiled the new CDN-enabled Primary Distribution solution, a powerful new workflow supported by the company's VOS®360 SaaS. The Primary Distribution solution streamlines the management and delivery of linear channels from programmers to their affiliates, whether they are traditional pay-TV operators, virtual MVPDs or local broadcasters, anywhere in the world via CDN, replacing the need for dedicated networking links and satellite transponders. Successfully deployed by a major U.S. broadcaster to deliver 200 broadcast affiliate feeds to virtual MVPDs, Harmonic's Primary Distribution solution transforms the way programmers deliver linear feeds to their distribution partners.
Tags: Harmonic | OTT Delivery | CDN-Enabled | Primary Distribution Solution | Workflow Solution | Linear Channels | Cloud | OTT Distribution Partners | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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Faurecia showcases next-generation in-car infotainment solution with ACCESS at Auto Shanghai Posted: 11/04/2019
Faurecia showcases next-generation in-car infotainment solution with ACCESS at Auto Shanghai

ACCESS CO., LTD today announced that its ACCESS Twine™ for Car solution has been selected by Faurecia to be integrated in the next generation in-car infotainment in the Faurecia Cockpit of the Future demonstrations at Auto Shanghai 2019, April 18 - 25, National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai, China.

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Harmonic and Sony Partner to Demonstrate New SaaS Technology for ATSC 3.0 Hybrid Service Delivery at the 2019 NAB Show Posted: 10/04/2019
Harmonic and Sony Partner to Demonstrate New SaaS Technology for ATSC 3.0 Hybrid Service Delivery at the 2019 NAB Show
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) and Sony Electronics today announced an innovative demonstration of advanced, hybrid ATSC 3.0 functionality that expands cloud services and enhances the end-consumer experience for ATSC 3.0 TVs. Harmonic's VOS®360 SaaS delivers both the over-the-air (OTA) and the over-the-top (OTT) components of hybrid services that run on advanced TV software developed by Sony Electronics. At the 2019 NAB Show, Harmonic will demonstrate its unified solution with Sony Electronics, highlighting practical hybrid services use cases that are currently implemented at the Chicago 3.0 ATSC 3.0 trial by Weigel Broadcasting Co. The implementation reflects both companies' commitment to enabling the innovative capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 standard and support for the successful deployment of hybrid ATSC 3.0 services.
Tags: Harmonic | Sony | Partner | SaaS Technology | ATSC 3.0 Hybrid Service Delivery | 2019 NAB Show | UHD | Time-Shift TV | Accelerated Channel Change | Robust OTA Services | VOS 360 | SaaS and Sony ATSC 3.0 TV Software | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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PCCW Media Selects Harmonic SaaS for Unified Next-Gen IPTV and OTT Service Delivery Posted: 10/04/2019
PCCW Media Selects Harmonic SaaS for Unified Next-Gen IPTV and OTT Service Delivery
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that PCCW Media, a leading fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group of PCCW Limited based in Hong Kong, is using Harmonic's VOS® Cluster SaaS for its Now TV, now Player and Now E services. By providing PCCW Media with a unified solution for IPTV and OTT content preparation and delivery, VOS Cluster cloud-native media processing software speeds up the time to market for new services. The Harmonic solution also assures a high-quality viewing experience on every screen for PCCW subscribers.
Tags: PCCW Media | Harmonic | SaaS | Unified Next-Gen | IPTV | OTT Service Delivery | VOS Cluster | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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