In a joint project on behalf of The FA, Sky deployed a Techex system to provide both off-air live TV and HD event feeds to the Royal Tulip Hotel in Rio, home of the England team during the World Cup, and to the England training ground. The system allowed England players and staff to view live games and other relevant content such as news from their hotel rooms.
Techex designed an IP-based system to receive a range of feeds from satellite and HD-SDI at Sky’s facility in the UK and transmit them to the remote network in Brazil. The feeds were then redistributed locally to set-top boxes over a newly installed IP network at the hotel using Techex IPTV middleware. The remote equipment was managed and monitored from the UK.
“We chose to work with Techex as they were able to provide a reliable yet innovative solution, pushing as many as 10 simultaneous channels including multiple HD services down a constrained pipe, and delivering to very tight deadlines,” said Gordon Roxburgh, technical manager, Sky Sports.
Richard Bailey, technical director, Techex added: “As a long-standing supplier to BSkyB, we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work on this unique and interesting project.”
Photo credit: The FA
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