VIDI GmbH to Keep the Pictures Running at Brazilian Football Tournaments

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Saturday, the 15th of June 2013 marked the start of an amazing year of football tournaments in Brazil - firstly with the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and almost  exactly 12 months later, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. All eyes in the footballing world will be on Brazil.

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Television coverage of all the matches is obviously a key part to both tournaments, and VIDI Gmbh is proud to have been selected to supply and support the technology that will be used to link contribution circuits between the 6 venues being used for the Confederations Cup, using Media Links MD8000 codecs. From the northernmost stadium of Castelao in the city of Fortaleza, to the beating heart of Brazil, Rio de Janerio and the Maracanã stadium, every venue will be linked to the International Broadcast Coordination Centre (IBCC) in Belo Horizonte by fibre optic cable, driven by MD8000 codecs.

The MD8000 is particularly suited to this task, with a modular design that allows the configuration to exactly match the demands of each situation, and a robust redundancy scheme that allows "hitless" operation - guaranteeing quality of service.

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The whole operation is provided with a further, human level of service quality as a result of the service contract VIDI are providing. A team of 2 engineers at each stadium, plus a further 4 at the IBCC will be assisting with the initial installation, as well as monitoring the performance of the equipment throughout the transmission period.

Host Broadcast Services (HBS), Host Broadcaster of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup are responsible for all the audio and video coverage of the tournaments, and  the overall installation of all the equipment. They chose VIDI Gmbh as a direct  result of the success of VIDI's involvement with the UEFA Euro2012 tournament, where the contribution links were also served by Media Links MD8000 codecs.

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About Host Broadcast Services
Host Broadcast Services (HBS), fully owned by Infront Sports & Media*, is a specialist host broadcast organisation, originally established with the core mandate of producing the television and radio signals for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups(TM).

Based in Switzerland, but with its planning headquarters in Paris/Boulogne, the company has evolved since its formation in 1999 and built upon its unique capabilities by attracting expert personnel from the very top levels of the television industry to complement the experienced staff who have honed their skills over previous FIFA World Cups(TM).

About VIDI GmbH:
VIDI GmbH is a leading service provider and expert in technical consulting, project planning, and systems integration in the converging broadcast and telecommunication industries. VIDI is an independently run and privately owned company with its headquarters, research facilities and sales & support department based in Darmstadt, Germany.
To address the specific needs of its national and international customers, VIDI has focused its organization around four major business units. These businesses include VIDI-Events, the transmission of live events, VIDI-SI, the system integration services and VIDI-24, a 24 hours/365 days a year service & support unit. In addition, VIDI-PLUS forms part of the company portfolio, which includes the development of  software as well as the resale of high quality broadcast products from selected  manufacturers.
VIDI's focus is on a customized approach that combines deep insight of the specific technical and economic requirements of its customers as well as the dynamics of the broadcast and telecommunication markets. This approach is grounded on more than
25 years of experience of the VIDI team.

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About Media Links
Media Links is a leading developer and manufacturer of broadcast network infrastructure solutions. Its mission is to offer broadcasters and network providers throughout  the world leading edge technology, enabling them to economically convert and move the complete suite of broadcast signals - whether video, audio or data - onto their multi-service networks. Operating as a pioneer at the forefront of technological  innovations and advancements, Media Links provides the only standards based product suite in the market that enables the adoption of media signal types to Telecommunication standards like Ethernet, IP, SDH and SONET.
Media Links solutions have proven themselves in the field and in the studio. Leading broadcasters and network service providers throughout the globe depend on Media Links technology. Media Links solutions and services have also been used in the most watched major sporting events throughout the world, like Super Bowl, Euro Cup and World Cup. Media Global Links is the parent company of Media Links.

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