TSL Installed Temporary Olympic Broadcast Facility for Globosat
Owned by Globosat, SporTV is Brazil's most popular sports channel and covers more than 4000 events, transmitting more than 30 live sports categories each year.
TSL delivered a full-spec temporary OB facility for SporTV's Olympic coverage into the 19th floor of Lund Point, a block of 1960s council flats, just outside the Olympic Park; the same building in which the BBC set up one of its main Olympic broadcast studios.
Following a pre-build of the facility at TSL's headquarters in Maidenhead (UK), the internationally renowned systems integrator had just 6 weeks to install the facility on location, which included a full-spec HD/SD gallery and control room housing 9 operators, 3 Final Cut Pro edit suites and a 3-camera 'glass' studio.
Constructed at such a highly unusual location, Globosat and TSL met with some unique challenges: "Physical limitations, Asbestos, structural floor loading, fire proofing, power and zero tolerance deadlines were just some of the issues we had to overcome", explains Nigel England, TSL Project Manager.
TSL also built Globosat's broadcast hub in the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), equipped with a single camera studio and edit suite where material selection took place. Throughout the 14 day world event, Globosat's IBC hub received 56 incoming video feeds from the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS). Four SD/HD channels were fed back to SporTV's base in Rio de Janeiro, with each showing some 15+ hours of unique content per day. A further eight feeds were directed to the Glass Studio at Lund Point.
TSL accommodated our need for additional facilities - even after the Olympics had started. I would recommend TSL", stated Alan Murakami, Technical Development coordinator for Globosat.
Globosat's 7 venue production systems were also installed by TSL to enable SporTV to record its own material from the various Olympic sites, namely Earls Court, North Greenwich, Horse Guard Parade, Wembley Stadium, Crystal Palace, the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium itself. At times, there was upwards of 60 Globosat journalists covering the games.
TSL is a leading creator of integrated broadcast systems. In an industry characterised by rapid growth and intense competition, the company is a consistent high-achiever and is the only organisation of its type offering truly independent advice allied to 26 years' experience in the field.
Having recently completed such high-profile projects as Phases 1 and 2 of the broadcast infrastructure at MediaCityUK, Sky News Arabia, TVNZ's new file-based workflow and media asset management system, as well as multiple fibre-based HD studios at the University of Salford, TSL has significantly broadened the scope of its services and expanded the size and complexity of the solutions it delivers.
With a reputation for forward-thinking and independent values, combined with a continued drive to address and resolve the challenges that today's growing file-based/IP-centric projects command, TSL is able to provide the most comprehensive, cost-effective systems integration capability available today.