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Just as the football tournament is drawing to a close, media solutions provider Globecast is extending its relationship with the organisers and rights holders of the Total Africa Cup of Nations.
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The Egypt-hosted tournament began on 21 June with the final taking place on 19 July. Globecast has a longstanding relationship with CAF and has provided a range of services in 2019, including contribution, distribution and VOD content preparation and storage. In total there are 52 matches being held in four cities across the country and for the first time, the opening match was broadcast in 4K using HEVC encoding. The final will be in 4K as well.

In ensuring broadcast, Globecast has been working in partnership with the Egyptian Local Organising Committee (LOC), Lagardère Sports, managers and marketers of sports rights across Europe and Africa, and the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF). For additional on-the-ground logistics support, Globecast partnered with local specialists KAR Technology, who have provided logistical expertise and liaison with the LOC. Globecast has also collaborated with Iris Media which has also provided SNGs as well as additional technical support.

At each stadium, Globecast has supplied two flyaway SNGs. The first has seen use uplinking the main feed, plus a second feed with additional pre-match footage to build more involvement in the event. Full redundancy is provided by the second SNG. The primary feeds are received at Globecast’s Paris teleport and are then turned around for onward distribution. The backup feed is received in London.

In an attempt to increase ROI and viewer engagement, VOD content is being prepared by Globecast using its Content Marketplace service, a module of its Digital Media Hub content processing suite. Signals are transcoded into multiple formats and resolutions, including full broadcast quality, clipped and metadata added. Each broadcast affiliate using the system then receives new content notifications to promote download.

“We are really pleased to have been selected by the Egyptian LOC, extending our relationship with CAF and Lagadère Sports,” said Globecast chairman and CEO Philippe Bernard. “We have worked very closely with both KAR and Iris Media and their help has been invaluable. This is a major tournament that needs very high level technical and logistical expertise and between them they have provided exactly what’s required. The LOC has done a fantastic job to organise this event, with Egypt being asked to step in late in the process. What a fantastic sporting spectacle the 2019 event is.”