Techex feeds World Cup camp

Updated: August 5, 2014

In a joint project on behalf of The FA, Sky deployed a Techex system to provide both off-air live TV and HD event feeds for the England camp at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Feeds were provided at the Royal Tulip Hotel – the Three Lions’ Rio base – and to the England training ground at Urca. 

The system allowed England players and staff to view live games and other relevant content such as news from their hotel rooms. 

Bus arrives in Rio

The England team bus arrives at their Rio base

As the incumbent provider of IP-based monitoring and IPTV services to Sky, Techex was a natural choice to help with the unique challenge of delivering live services to the England team during the tournament.

Techex designed an IP-based system to receive a range of feeds from satellite and HD-SDI at Sky’s facility in the UK and robustly transmit them to the remote network in Brazil. 

The feeds were then redistributed locally to set-top boxes over a newly installed IP network at the hotel using Techex IPTV middleware. 

The remote equipment occupied very little space and was managed and monitored from the UK. 

Gordon Roxburgh, Technical Manager, Sky Sports, commented: “We chose to work with Techex as they were able to provide a reliable yet innovative solution, pushing as many as ten simultaneous channels including multiple HD services down a constrained pipe, and delivering to very tight deadlines.” 

Richard Bailey, Technical Director, Techex added: “As a long-standing supplier to BSkyB, we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work on this unique and interesting project.”

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