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Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
GlobeCast delivers Tour de France
Some GlobeCast technicians have been involved in the annual race coverage for up to 30 years
As Chris Froome rode under a glowing Arc de Triomphe to win the 100th Tour de France, GlobeCast marked its 17th straight year providing global broadcast services for cycling's marquee event. GlobeCast's coverage included on-site production and live HD satellite transmissions for the duration of the Tour de France, held June 29-July 21.
This year, GlobeCast collaborated with Euromedia France to aggregate signals from two helicopters, five motorcycles and several satellite newsgathering vehicles — covering all stages of the race — into a single broadcast stream that was delivered via satellite to several broadcast customers.
Although GlobeCast has been delivering the Tour de France to global viewers since 1996, its roots in the event go back much further through coverage by its parent company, France Telecom (now Orange). Some of GlobeCast's technicians have been involved in the Tour de France for up to 30 years, and have received numerous distinctions from the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the race organizer.