Saturday 15 June marked the start of a year of football tournaments in Brazil, beginning with the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and concluding with the 2014 FIFA World Cup. VIDI is to supply and support the technology that will be used to link contribution circuits between the six venues being used for the Confederations Cup, using Media Links MD8000 codecs.
From Rio de Janerio’s Maracanã stadium, every venue will be linked to the International Broadcast Coordination Centre (IBCC) in Belo Horizonte by fibre optic cable, driven by MD8000 codecs.
The MD8000 has a modular design that allows the configuration to exactly match the demands of each situation, and a redundancy scheme that allows “hitless” operation. In addition, a team of two VIDI engineers will be at each stadium, plus a further four at the IBCC, assisting with the initial installation, as well as monitoring the performance of the equipment throughout the transmission period.
Host Broadcast Services (HBS), broadcaster of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup are responsible for all the audio and video coverage of the tournaments, and the overall installation of all the equipment. They chose VIDI Gmbh as a direct result of the company’s involvement with the UEFA Euro2012 tournament, where the contribution links were also served by Media Links MD8000 codecs.