3 Days Live on the Red Button
Televideo joined the BBC for a 3-day tour across Ibiza this weekend, broadcasting coverage of Ibiza 20, an anniversary festival celebrating two decades of Radio 1 visiting the party island. It was Pete Tong, who in 1995 convinced Radio 1 bosses to venture to the Spanish dance capital, and this year, joined by the likes of Calvin Harris and Disclosure, the event was taken to another level.
The company’s newest unit, HD9, was used on the outside broadcast, showcasing its versatility and power, with the capacity to provide both a production hub for the 9-camera show, as well as uplinking all live coverage for output on the BBC Red Button. The Televideo team began their sun-soaked stint with an early start at the legendary Ushuaia Beach Hotel, where later that evening 6000 people partied in front of the pool side stage, with dance fans at home enjoying all the action live on the Red Button and with highlights edited for the iPlayer. The 9-camera specification included 2 RFs, a Jimmy Jib and 4 x mini-cams, giving the small OB crew a complex rig against the clock, but all went to plan and the broadcast on day one allowed the BBC to deliver TV audiences a display to reflect the electric atmosphere.
A late night de-rig followed before the crew rolled on to the Sunset Strip and Café Mambo on Saturday, where again a full OB was built amidst the sun, sea and sand of one of Ibiza’s most famous locations. On Sunday 2nd August the final broadcast took place at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, with a live 4-hour show acting as the finale to what was an epic weekend of dance music and celebrations.
Televideo were delighted to act as both OB and uplink provider with HD9. The technical facilities proved perfect for an event such as this, which required tight logistical turnarounds between venues, flexibility of parking and re-positioning, a powerful and high-performance production unit, with the added benefit of inclusive uplink facilities, giving the BBC a one-stop solution for their broadcast.