Paris, 26 October 2006
-- For the first time in the history of the Asian Games, eight major sports will be produced in HDTV. In response, GlobeCast - the global content management and delivery company - has been chosen by Qatar Telecom (QTel) to provide satellite distribution, both SD and HD, beyond the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) for rightsholders of the 2006 Asian Games. This partnership means that GlobeCast will service international broadcasters with worldwide satellite delivery. In addition GlobeCast will also be providing non-rightsholder services such as live stand-up positions, studio, and tape playout from Doha.
The Fifteenth Asian Games will be held in Doha, Qatar from 1-15 December 2006 and are set to be the biggest Asian games to date. A record 45 nations will compete in 39 sports ranging from the conventional athletics, gymnastics and swimming, to the more traditional judo and taekwondo. Over the 15 days of the event, around 50 countries are expected to produce more than 3,000 hours of television for an anticipated cumulative audience of approximately 1.5 billion viewers.