SIS Live tees up European Tour

SIS Live has signed a new contract with European Tour Productions to provide worldwide satellite services for their golf coverage until the end of 2018. This includes satellite services, uplink trucks and flyaway units for events in Europe and the Middle East.
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SIS Live has signed a new contract with European Tour Productions to provide worldwide satellite services for their golf coverage until the end of 2018. This includes satellite services, uplink trucks and flyaway units for events in Europe and the Middle East, as well as co-ordination of local uplink providers and satellite services for events in South Africa, Asia and Australasia. The agreement allows European Tour the flexibility to increase the coverage in Europe to five simultaneous HD feeds with redundancy; all from one of SIS Live’s bespoke dual antenna uplink trucks. “In conjunction with SIS Live we have moved our delivery from MPEG2 to MPEG4 over the last couple of years,” explained Tony Coxon, Head of Production operations at European Tour Productions. “This transition was made in practically seamless manner and we now deliver HD signals to Sky and the rest of the world. We therefore had all confidence in extending our contract with SIS Live to include our coverage up to the end of 2018. We will continue to use the excellent SIS Live team as well as the dual uplink truck, which underwent a refit as part of its MPEG4 upgrade, to help us deliver the forty or so live four day golf tournaments that we produce annually.” SIS Live has worked with ETP on all its golf coverage since January 2004 and since March 2008 it has also provided internet access, ISDNs and telephone lines using its iDirect platforms on IS907 and IS905. This has given ETP and its clients a more consistent, flexible and cost effective solution. The system utilises satellites, so that the remoteness of each location has no impact on the service. SIS Live provides ETP with its own dedicated telephone numbers, so as soon as the uplink dish is deployed phones and internet are immediately available for everyone in the TV compound. European Tour Productions is a joint venture between The European Tour and IMG and is the single largest producer and distributor of TV golf programming in the world, producing in HD more than 40 live European Tour events as well as 46 minute highlights programmes from each European Tour tournament each year, the magazine European Tour Weekly plus award-winning live Ryder Cup coverage. ETP also produces live coverage of The Senior Open Championship, plus highlights shows from several Senior Tour and Challenge Tour events each year. It also distributes coverage of the World Golf Championships in certain territories. David Fox www.europeantour.comwww.sislive.tv

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