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First transmission in full HD

Ten broadcasters covering the recent South East Asian Games used distribution services from Globecast, who were contracted by HBS to provide distribution.

The 28th occurrence of the Games saw this major sporting event return to Singapore after a 22-year gap. Thirty-six sports and 402 events featured in the eleven-day spectacle, including more unusual sports such as wushu, sepak takraw and wakeboarding.

Globecast facilitated the distribution of 10 channels to regional host broadcasters across Asia, creating two multiplexes onsite at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC), one with six channels (in 36 MHz) and one with four (in 24 MHz). These were then uplinked via a 4.5m dish at the IBC dish farm using NS3 modulation.

“We initiated the discussions with Globecast with a very open scope, due to our lack of reference in the requirements for this type of event. But we managed, during the development of the project, to design with them an operation that met the technical and operational constraints while offering sufficient flexibility to cater for latecomers. The satellite set-up put in place offers, for the first time at the SEA Games, full HD transmissions through a cost-effective approach,” said HBS project director Daniel Wlochovski.

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