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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Celebrating its 25th anniversary at Broadcast Asia 2019, Atlanta DTH (ADTH) reports good levels of visitor traffic to its stand on all three days of the show. "The broadcast world may not be going 8K overnight but NHK'S introduction of a Super Hi-Vision satellite TV channel is having a very positive impact on business confidence throughout south east Asia with display manufacturers gearing to deliver affordable 8K displays in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," says ADTH's Senior Vice President, APAC, Karlton Burn.

Tags: Atlanta DTH | Inc. | ADTH | broadcast media access | broadcast content security | targeted television advertising | personalised television advertising | personalized television advertising | OTT content protection | IPTV content protection | satellite IR | miniatur
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Bannister Lake Takes on the Gran Turismo esports Championships at the Legendary Nurburgring Track in Germany Posted: 24/06/2019
Bannister Lake Takes on the Gran Turismo esports Championships at the Legendary N and uuml;rburgring Track in Germany

For the second year in a row, Bannister Lake has partnered with Montreal's Boombox Group to provide live data management and populate graphics for the FIA-Certified Gran Turismo Championships 2019 Series. The June 21-22 event took place at the renowned Nürburgring Track in Germany, home of the world's most challenging 24-hour motorsports endurance race.

Tags: Bannister Lake | Gran Turismo | Boombox Group | live data management | Chameleon software
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Call for Presentations Now Open for IP Showcase at IBC2019 Posted: 24/06/2019
Call for Presentations Now Open for IP Showcase at IBC2019

The call for presentations is now open for the IP Showcase, an education and demonstration pavilion at IBC2019 that will highlight the benefits of, and momentum behind, a common set of IP standards for real-time professional media applications. The IP Showcase is sponsored by a consortium of industry partners including the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Technology Engineers® (SMPTE®), and the Video Services Forum (VSF).

Tags: IP Showcase | IBC2019 | AES | AIMS | AMWA | EBU | SMPTE | VSF | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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V-Nova joins ATSC, driving industry collaboration and innovation to enable the best media experiences Posted: 24/06/2019
V-Nova joins ATSC, driving industry collaboration and innovation to enable the best media experiences

V-Nova today announced that is has become a member of the influential Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) - the international non-profit organisation that develops digital television standards.

Tags: V-Nova | Advanced Television Systems Committee | ATSC | ATSC 3.0 | Codecs | Compression | AVC/h.264 | HEVC | VP9 | AV1 | video compression technologies | imaging compression technologies | PERSEUS | PERSEUS Pro
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France 3 embrace Quicklink Studio for Bigflo and Oli concert Posted: 24/06/2019
France 3 embrace Quicklink Studio for Bigflo and amp; Oli concert
France 3, one of the largest French public television channels which is part of the France Télévisions group, have recently used the Quicklink Studio solution for a multi camera Facebook Live of the Bigflo & Oli concert. The concert was held in Toulouse, the city where Bigflo & Oli grew up, and welcomed more than 60,000 spectators over two days.
Tags: Quicklink | France 3 | France Télévisions | Bigflo & Oli | Blogflo et Oli
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Mediaproxy brings latest features for LogServer compliance monitor-analyser to Media+Entertainment Tech Expo 2019 Posted: 24/06/2019
Mediaproxy brings latest features for LogServer compliance monitor-analyser to Media+Entertainment Tech Expo 2019

Mediaproxy, the leading provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions, will show the latest updates to its LogServer compliance, monitoring and analysis package at SMPTE Australia's Media+Entertainment Tech Expo on booth F27 in the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) from 17 to 20 July 2019.

Tags: Mediaproxy | LogServer | Exception-Based Monitoring | Broadcast Analysis | Broadcast Compliance | Broadcast Monitoring | QC Compliance | OTT | SMPTE Australia | SMPTE Australia\'s Media+Entertainment Tech Expo
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Fincons Group plans bumper attendance for IBC2019 Posted: 24/06/2019
Fincons Group plans bumper attendance for IBC2019

Fincons Group, a leading IT business consultancy, is proud to announce it is attending IBC2019. The Group is an IBC veteran and has been attending since 2007. This year Fincons has planned a series of activities that will make it impossible to miss!

Tags: IBC | innovation | technology | TV | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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4K UHD Channel Insight TV Launches in Canada on Optik TV Posted: 21/06/2019
4K UHD Channel Insight TV Launches in Canada on Optik TV

Insight TV, the world’s leading 4K UHD HDR broadcaster and producer of native UHD content, has announced a distribution deal which will see the Canadian launch of Insight TV’s 4K UHD feed on TELUS Optik TV. Insight TV is distributed in Canada by Ethnic Channels Group Ltd (ECG). TELUS, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, provides TV services in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec.

Tags: UHD | Ultra High Definition | 4K | SVOD | VOD | OTT | HDR | High Dynamic Range | Content | Media | Sport | Extreme Sports | Adventure | Lifestyle | TELUS | Optik TV
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