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LiveU enhances FIA World Rally Championship coverage

Deployment includes three LU600 HEVC-equipped units with associated LiveU server technology and LiveU Central

WRC Promoter has deployed LiveU technology across 10 FIA World Rally Championship rallies this year.

Having successfully covered Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rally Sweden, LiveU will enhance coverage of Tour de Corse, Rally de Portugal, Rally Italia Sardegna, Rally Finland, ADAC Rallye Deutschland, Rally Turkey, Wales Rally GB and Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España.

The deployment includes three LU600 HEVC-equipped units with associated LiveU server technology and LiveU Central for the reduction of bandwidth. The next rally, Tour de Corse, is set to be the first time that the LU600s have been involved in testing camera positions in advance of the event.

Signals are sent to the WRC TV production unit where the LiveU servers are situated, normally in the event service park. The content is then pulled into the edit suite as required. Rally stages are spread up to 250km around the service park at each event.

WRC Promoter director of content and production Florian Ruth said: “We are using LiveU in conjunction with our RF and satellite workflow, allowing us to significantly expand our coverage without having to worry about access to certain parts of events or rely on motorcycles to deliver the additional captured footage to us.

“In order to continue to fully engage existing viewers and to attract new audiences, we constantly need to innovate. Using LiveU is allowing us to think differently and to bring a fresh level of dynamism to our content as we can use locations at each event that simply weren’t possible previously. LiveU will also be able to deliver content directly to our production hub as we begin to move to remote production.”

LiveU regional VP sales (EMEA) Zion Eilam added: “We have worked very closely with WRC Promoter over the past few months to truly understand the considerable contribution challenges that they face and how we are able to work together to create new opportunities for them. We are very pleased that we’ve been chosen as a key part of their future development.”