BT Sport is utilising remote graphics from AE Live’s UK office for its coverage of the 2021/22 Premier League.
The graphics are being delivered from AE Live’s newly built Graphics Operations Centre (GOC), which is connected to the BT studio in Stratford by BT Media and Broadcast.
The GOC includes several pods that house AE operators in an environment that replicates the look and feel of a traditional production room. Each pod is fully equipped with monitoring, including live camera feeds from venues, and connected talkback with the entire production crew, which AE says allows the operators to fit seamlessly into the production workflow despite being removed from all other personnel.
AE operators are using PCs housed in the GOC, which have been installed with AE’s suite of bespoke software applications, to drive live on-air graphics on BT’s Chyron Prime engines based in Stratford.
Dave Gill, AE’s chief technology officer, said, “We’re delighted to be working so collaboratively with BT Sport on this project, enabling us to deliver graphics remotely from our GOC. The benefits of remote production for utilisation, staff safety and welfare and, of course, sustainability are now well understood.
“The investment we’ve made in our flexible remote capabilities and connectivity at our AE Campus allows for a variety of different remote workflows and we succeeded in our aim for the operator to experience no discernible difference between working in the pod vs working on-site at the OB. This project also demonstrates our capabilities across multiple render platforms, having delivered this project in CH Prime.”
AE Live and BT Sport are now planning to deliver graphics from the AE Live Campus for the broadcaster’s coverage of rugby union in 2022.