Globecast completes TV, VOD second-screen coverage for World Endurance Championship, Le Mans | VOD | News | Rapid TV News
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For the second year, global media solutions provider Globecast has provided complete live and additional video-on-demand (VOD) coverage of the renowned World Endurance motor racing Championship , including coverage of the world famous 24 hours of Le Mans.

globecast 5Dec2017For the job, Globecast was contracted by consultant and Best Sports CEO Natalie Fargier — who in turn worked for the organisers of the events, Le Mans Endurance Management and ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) — to supply a range of services including a live international HD MPEG-4 feed of qualifying for the race and the race itself at each circuit, as well as an additional VOD feed for second-screen viewing.

Globecast handled the complete transmission coordination for each event, with a team member working onsite to manage the construction of the mux for the VOD feed. Satellite capacity was also arranged and SNGs provided – either Globecast’s or working with a third-party where necessary – or at some circuits using fibre connectivity. Liaising with the event organisers throughout the weekend was said to be paramount, with a dedicated Globecast member onsite working with the provider’s team in Paris ensuring that the feeds were received without fault as well as handling onwards distribution across Europe and the US.

The VOD feed contained additional coverage and data about each race. This included pre-recorded driver interviews plus coverage from up to ten on-board cameras. This was supplied to a VOD player that fed the associated smartphone/tablet app.

Commenting on the deployment, Fargier said: “We have been hugely impressed with the level of service – both technical and all the associated coordination – that Globecast has supplied across these complex events. The key point is that viewers have benefited from a very high quality experience, both via the live and VOD feeds.”