GlobeCast Set to Tackle the 2007 IRB Rugby World Cup in High Definition
GlobeCast is putting HD in the spotlight at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, providing end-to-end satellite and fibre contribution services for host broadcaster TVH as well as other major broadcasters, and experimenting with uncompressed HD signal transmission, an exciting development that promises to make life easier for telecoms wishing to transmit HD footage in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
To service its clients at this major event, GlobeCast will deploy a fleet of 15 SNG vehicles to matches in every corner of France, including three trucks dedicated to HD. It will also provide on-site production, dedicated facilities and network capacity to deliver High Definition coverage of the games.
Host broadcaster TVH asked GlobeCast to transmit coverage in SD and HD from the matches to its International Broadcast Centre (IBC) outside Paris. Additionally, for the first time in Europe, GlobeCast will provide long-distance, terrestrial transport of non-compressed HD signals – a development that promises to help telcos transport HD video without modifying infrastructures, updating equipment or compromising quality. This experiment will be held at matches in Marseille.
As a security measure, GlobeCast will also ensure the transport in SD of all backup feeds via satellite.
The Rugby World Cup, which starts at the Stade de France on 7 September, will be one of the biggest sporting events of the year and GlobeCast’s expertise in providing broadcast services from major competitions such as this will ensure secure and flawless quality of coverage.