Tokyo-based satellite broadcasting and pay TV station WOWOW used Blackmagic Design’s Teranex 2D Processor and Smart Videohub router to live stream Grand Slam professional tennis matches. The company’s WOWOW Members on Demand service allows subscribers to access video on demand and simulcasts of content via the internet on a computer, tablet or smart phone. WOWOW is now using Teranex 2D Processors and Smart Videohub routers to live stream popular sports events for this service.
Teranex 2D Preocessors were used at the recent Grand Slam tennis tournament, which includes the French Open. For the tournament, WOWOW selects matches that feature popular Japanese tennis players and other top tennis players from these tournaments for its on air content. WOWOW subscribers can watch from via the Internet, in addition to being able to watch extra games from the Grand Slam.
“WOWOW offers high quality video and audio content, and our new streaming services could not compromise that. To meet this high standard and yet still be affordable, we chose the Teranex,” said Takayuki Ishimura of WOWOW. “Because the Grand Slam is a sports programme, it is very important that the fast movement is processed well and looks natural, and Teranex handles that very well. I like its usability, too. Function buttons are on a front panel and light when I select them so it is easy to use.”
Blackmagic Design’s Smart Videohub router was used for the Grand Slam season. The Videohub router was brought on site to the tournaments, where all match feeds from multiple courts were sent. Multiple feeds were then chosen for live streaming, and were sent through the Teranex 2D Processor to convert the media to the Japanese standard format 59.94i.