Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
1/1/2006 7:59 PM
For the World Cup in Germany, the first major sporting event in the history of television to be produced in High Definition format, over two thirds of the world’s broadcasters are relying on systems from RTS & Telex.
The whole world is watching. Until the final ball is kicked on the July 9th and the new world champions crowned from among the 32 teams competing in the twelve German stadiums hosting the event, there will scarcely be another topic on the lips of soccer fans. For most of the planet, this is the sporting event that really matters, which is why the world’s broadcasters began meticulously planning the logistics of their coverage the moment the contracts were awarded.
To minimize the risk of something going wrong in the course of what is the first major sporting event ever to be produced in high definition format, no fewer than four of the seven HD outside broadcast vehicles relaying the images are employing intercom equipment from RTS & Telex. There’s a reason for this: under similar circumstances at both the summer and winter Olympics as well as last year’s Federation Cup, RTS & Telex equipment gave conclusive proof of its reliability and effectiveness.
Manuel Brico, Product Manager RTS & Telex Intercom EAME with EVI Audio, outlined the complexity of the problems associated with providing images of the tournament: “Each of the outside broadcast vehicles has to cover matches in two different stadiums, shuttling to and fro from one to the other. At the end of each match the systems have to be dismantled and then set up again at a new venue, so ease-of-use and reliability are paramount considerations when selecting which to use.”
For more information, visit the RTS & Telex Intercom website: www.telexintercoms.com