Summer of Women’s Sports

Televideo are delighted to have provided facilities for two women’s world cups this summer –celebrating women’s sports in a sector of the industry that is often dominated by male competitions.

From Friday 7th June until Friday 7th July, Televideo provided 4 SNG uplink units, technical facilities, and crew, to clients at Input Media, who used a hybrid remote production set-up to produce the BBC’s programming for the 2019 tournament. Our satellite units were used to deliver Host Broadcast Services’ world feed to Input’s Manchester-based gallery and studio, on over 20 matches. Input Media’s Director of Technology, Nick Symes, commented, “Working out the logistical plan for how the SNG trucks would get around France was very complicated, but Televideo are very pragmatic and flexible and they have helped to make this happen.”

The highlight of the tournament was undoubtedly England’s semi-final against the USA, which in spite of the disappointing result for the Lionesses, saw the highest viewing audience of any TV programme in 2019 so far.

Just a few days later our crew set up camp at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, for the start of a 2-week long stint on the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019. Televideo provided all outside broadcast facilities to host broadcaster Sky Sports - who used our newly refurbished HD8 to deliver the world feed as well as their domestic Sky Sports production. For the first 4 TX days there were 2 match trucks covering both competition courts, with 16 cameras across the arena as a whole. This included 1 RF steadicam, a hi-motion camera and 2 x remote Q-ball cameras positioned overhead. As the tournament progressed, the world feed service was cut down to 1 main truck, with HD7 being transferred to the BBC for their onsite studio presentation.

In total Televideo delivered OB facilities for 60 matches - 60 hours of netball coverage, with studio presentation for the BBC and Sky Sports around the action - all over a 10 day period. We are proud to say that the facilities were delivered without any issues, and that the world feed (taken by 9 rights holders), Sky Sports, and BBC productions were all well-received and declared successful.

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