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30/07/2014

Globecast Provides Satellite Infrastructure For The Tour de France

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Globecast has brought dramatic coverage the Tour de France to TV screens both across France and internationally.

François Persiaux, Globecast's Director of Contribution, France, said: "The Tour de France is a huge sporting occasion, and one whose popularity continues to grow as the massive crowds at the Grand Depart in the UK showed. It’s a huge logistical and technical challenge, one that Globecast rises to. By its very nature the event is constantly moving: much of the TV infrastructure must follow the cyclists as they compete in each stage, and the production facilities, which are installed at the finish line, must be relocated every day. And then you add in the mountains and adverse weather conditions such as this year’s rain!
Globecast provides the satellite infrastructure for the event, with signals being sent via microwave from multiple motorbikes along the route to a helicopter and a plane. These signals are then transmitted to a stationary Globecast SNG unit out in the countryside. In turn, that sends all the signals via satellite to the production facilities at the finish line. Directors there can use talkback to provide instruction to the motorcycle cameramen. Globecast provided a live feed for use both nationally and internationally.

www.globecast.com

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