Network Ten Australia commissioned Charter Broadcast to provide state of the art HD broadcast facilities for its coverage of all 48 matches of the Rugby World Cup 2007. Charter provided a complete suite of studio and control room, audio and graphics to bring the game and commentary from the Paris studio back to viewers in Australia, writes Andy Stout.
The studio was situated on the 9th floor of an office block overlooking the Champs-Elysées. Network Ten used a total of eight incoming feeds from the Rugby World Cup IBC including two HD Dolby E, four SD Stereo, one SD SNG downlink from Frankfurt, and one SD local feed via fibre from across France. Charter also used EVS tapeless technology which was complemented by a three (3) camera HD Studio link to a high powered HD Control room utilising a Grass Valley Kalyspo 4ME HD. with 5.1 Dolby E Surround Audio Facilities.
"We are dedicated to ensuring we use cutting edge technology partnered with engineering excellence and logistical skills to help leading international broadcasters cover some of the world's greatest sporting events," Roy Sandeman-Charles, Projects Director at Charter Broadcast, commented.
"The Rugby World Cup was no exception and we are extremely proud to have helped deliver the rugby from Paris direct to Australia."