Sky Sports News has chosen Mobile Viewpoint as its primary technology partner for its national and international live video over IP contribution network. Sky Sports deployed ten WMT Agile 2.0 R systems to facilitate the coverage of live sports news from the different regions in the UK, as well as international events. At the same time multiple WMT decoders have been added to the current WMT servers at the Sky MCR in London to receive all WMT live streams simultaneously.
The first deployment took place on the 4 August celebrating the start of the UK football season on 92Live day. Live crosses were conducted with all 92 Clubs in the English Football League and nationwide coverage was possible with all WMT systems in production, including a 12-hour live feed from a helicopter.
Mobile Viewpoint and Sky Sports News have been working together for several years with international live broadcasts of live sports events around the globe. This successful cooperation is rewarded by the permanent deployment of ten units.
“Extensive testing of all the major brands over 30 months showed that the Mobile Viewpoint range best matched our news gathering requirements,” said Ian Brash, technical manager of Sky Sports News. “Their willingness and ability to write custom software enhances our user experience and matches our unique conditions. This is technology whose time has come.”
Michel Bais, MD of Mobile Viewpoint, added: “Our cooperation with Sky Sports News has a long history with coverage of events outside the UK from France, The Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovenia, Republic of Ireland, Dubai, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh and we are delighted that we are now part of the day to day live production of news.”