Globecast has once helped bring coverage of this year’s Tour de France to TV screens across France and internationally.
Globecast provided the satellite infrastructure for the event, with signals being sent via microwave from multiple motorbikes along the route to a helicopter and a plane. These signals were then transmitted – again via microwave – to a stationary Globecast SNG unit.
The unit sent all the signals via satellite to the production facilities at the finish line, where directors used talkback to provide instruction to the motorcycle cameramen. Globecast provided a live feed for use both nationally and internationally. The company also provided a package to capture the intermediate sprints that were held along the route on stages.
François Persiaux, Globecast’s director of contribution, France, commented, “The Tour de France is a huge sporting occasion, and one whose popularity continues to grow as the massive crowds at the Grand Depart in the UK showed. It’s a huge logistical and technical challenge, one that Globecast rises to. By its very nature the event is constantly moving: much of the TV infrastructure must follow the cyclists as they compete in each stage, and the production facilities, which are installed at the finish line, must be relocated every day. And then you add in the mountains and adverse weather conditions such as this year’s rain!”
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