Although the International Broadcast Centre for London 2012 will be larger than in Beijing four years ago, many broadcasters will prefer to remote edit their presentations and highlights because of space constraints, writes Adrian Pennington.
That’s the view of Per Lindgren, VP Business Development and co-founder Net Insight (pictured) who is in negotiations with the EBU and Globecast, among other providers, to provide contribution links from the official Olympics IBC in 2012.
“The problem in London is space,” explained Lindgren. “It’s hard for broadcasters to get space for editing equipment compared to Beijing. It’s going to be more crowded and more expensive in terms of travel, accommodation and so on, so people are considering the possibility of remote editing back to their own studios from London.”
Net Insight is increasingly recognized as a major contributor to sports broadcasting. This includes the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in February, the Asian Games and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It also provides regular contribution links for football league broadcasts in The Netherlands, Norway and France.
They all use the Nimbra platform for contribution over fibre optic terrestrial networks back to studios or rights holders, replacing traditional satellite signal transport.
“If you are doing satellite replacement plus centralised editing it requires higher capacity fibre networks,” said Lindgren. “The trend toward HD and 3D also increases capacity requirements, which terrestrial fibre can handle far more efficiently than satellite.”
The IBC being built on Hackney marshes will include 55,000sqm of studio space over two 8-10m high floors. There will be a contribution, distribution and transmission centre, commentary switching centre, VTR archives and logging area, production control, and a broadcast information office plus an adjacent satellite farm of approx 5,000sqm.
More than 20,000 broadcast staff will work there during the Games, with up to 8,000 working together at peak times.
OBS is responsible for the layout, design, construction and fitting out of the broadcast areas, having consulted rights holders for their requirements. Rights holders can add their own presentation and production systems. Around 60 OB units and 1,000 cameras will provide the host feed.