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Sports Events

International televised sports offer the best of human endeavour. Years of preparation and planning can win or lose in one single instant.


No other televised event has so much impact on large audiences than live sports events. In recent years, the viewership has sky rocked. So has the licencing rights. No other television program commands higher viewership or higher rates than a closely watched sports event.

Master Control Room(MCR)
Commentary Switching Centre (CSC)
Production Control Room(PCR)
Quality Control Room (QCR)
Broadcast Information Office (BIO)
Standards & Availability of Feeds
Sports Show Live Production Rooms
Permanent Highlights Live Production Rooms
Server Logging Room

IBC

International Broadcast Centre

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) is a temporary hub for broadcasters during major sport events. An International Broadcast Centre is created at every Olympic Games. Broadcasters from around the world build studios in what is generally a large conference centre, Broadcasting Services provides each of these rights-holders a video and audio feed from each venue, beauty shots from around the Olympic venues, transmission facilities, etc….

IBC Technical Facilities


MCR(Master Control Rome)

The MCR (Master Control Room) is the central distribution point within the IBC for all incoming (Venue and non-Venue) and outgoing (Telco and Satellite Farm) VandAs. All incoming feeds through telecom interfaces (fibre optic or satellite downlink), and regardless of the signal format (HD or SD), are monitored and distributed to MRLs within the IBC.


The smooth distribution of incoming unilateral VandAs on bookable circuits/timeslots to the appropriate MRL or directly to the telecom interfaces is handled by the MCR. The MCR also handles the management of the signal distribution to the IBC Production Centre. Outgoing unilateral feeds from MRLs and multilateral feeds from the IBC Production Centre are monitored and distributed to Telco and the Satellite Farm. The MCR staff will intervene if availability, quality or circuit-timing issues are encountered.


The MCR will be fully staffed and operational 24/7.



CSC(Commentary Switching Centre)

The Commentary Switching Centre (CSC) controls and patches all national and international commentary and coordination audio circuits.


Audio matrix connects all venues to the IBC via uncompressed high-quality audio circuits and shortens set-up times between matches. The whole signal path is redundant via protected WAN connections and is fully under the control of operational staff.


Standards & Availability of Feeds

All multilateral feeds are available in HD Format (depend on production format) at the IBC. All these feeds are down-converted to SD, so MRLs can book either format, HD or SD, for the delivery of multilateral feeds into their unilateral spaces.

IBC Production Centre

The principal ‘live production’ area of the IBC Production Centre are detailed below:


PCR (Production Control Room)


The Production Control Room (PCR) is the central distribution point and hub for all incoming and outgoing feeds and material between the MCR and the IBC Production Centre. It also ensures that all individual exchanges of programme material proceed smoothly inside the centre. The PCR

deals with the daily requests and technical requirements from the multilateral production facilities within the IBC Production Centre and all feeds are switched through the PCR production router. In addition to the tasks mentioned above, the PCR controls and monitors the ingest and outgest of all multilateral feeds and material onto the Server, as well as the incoming HBS file transfer, transcoding and ingestion of ENG material. The PCR also hosts a dedicated server for mobile content, which handles the ingest and outgest of material for the Mobile Content production.



QCR(Production Control Room)


TThe Quality Control Room (QCR) serves as the central point for HBS quality control of any audio

and video content produced as part of the overall television production. It also acts as the ultimate observation area and command centre for all match coverage and the Multi-Feeds production as well as being used for the monitoring of the final audio product, including stereo TVIS production and 5.1 Dolby® E Surround Sound.




Sports Show Live Production Rooms


TThe Quality Control Room (QCR) serves as the central point for HBS quality control of any audio and video content produced as part of the overall television production. It also acts as the ultimate observation area and command centre for all match coverage and the Multi-Feeds production as well as being used for the monitoring of the final audio product, including stereo TVIS production and 5.1 Dolby® E Surround Sound.


Permanent Highlights Live Production Rooms


Two Permanent Highlight Live Production rooms are linked Via the Production Control Room to the  multilateral section of the Master Control Room at the IBC.



5.1 Surround Sound Room


A 5.1 Surround Sound mix is produced to accompany all the matches. This mix is intended to  complement the HD streams. 



Server Logging Room


The Logging Room manages the various contents of the Server and produces relevant logs of the ingested materials (match feeds, ENG material, features, etc.). A number of logging stations and venue off-site access terminals are part of the logging room.