The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has been provided with solutions by Ericsson that will help to deliver coverage of the event, and other future sporting occasions, to broadcasters around the world.
This premium global sports content will be distributed to EBU members and other rights’ holders across the globe over both satellite and fibre networks in MPEG-2 Standard Definition (SD) or MPEG-4 AVC 4:2:2 High Definition (HD) using nearly 1,000 Ericsson RX8200 professional receivers.
This development extends the relationship between the EBU and the Ericsson team, which has previously provided the former with solutions for major sporting occasions including the 2008 Games in Beijing, Tour De France, Wimbledon and European football.
Paolo Pusterla, head of procurement & network partnerships at EBU, commented: “The EBU has over 60 years’ experience in delivering premium live content in a seamless, reliable and cost-effective way. We are delighted to extend our relationship with Ericsson for the 2012 Games – the biggest sporting event in the world – to allow us to provide our broadcast customers with the high quality and flexible service they demand.”
Staffan Pehrson (pictured), vice-president and head of solution area TV, Ericsson, added: “The 2012 Games in London is one of those critical events for which reliability and quality are of absolute paramount importance to the viewer, and therefore to broadcasters as well. The Ericsson team has worked with the EBU for over 14 years on the world’s highest profile sports coverage, supplying the industry’s most advanced solutions for live event broadcasting. The quality with which Ericsson enables broadcasters to deliver these major events to viewers is creating lifelong TV memories.”