Adtec Digital streams America’s Cup from US to New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND: Adtec Digital recently streamed the Americas Cup Race from San Francisco, US to Auckland, New Zealand over IP via the internet.
‘Our goal was to stream live and pre-recorded programme material back to New Zealand over the internet from San Francisco into the Television New Zealand Television Centre in Auckland for playing on our flagship TV One television channel, then we would live stream back out on the internet through tvnz.co.nz,’ explained John West, executive VP sports events for TVNZ.
‘We had been evaluating the Adtec EN-91P encoder and the RD-60 decoder, and during our evaluation it was suggested these products could help us stream our programme back to New Zealand,’ he added. ‘During the early round robin competition of the Louis Vuitton Cup there was no host satellite coverage and we were unable to get a fibre drop at all, so the easy to configure and advanced IP connectivity that Adtec provides was a very attractive option. Prior to the event, Adtec initiated streaming tests from London and San Diego into TVNZ in Auckland with great quality and reliability that proved the concept.
‘The Adtec encoder is setup for a 5Mbp/s stream, which was found to be the optimal bandwidth into our Television Centre, and we chose SD 625i 50 video with 4.2.0 colour coding and two stereo audio channels,’ he explained.
‘We are now into the America’s Cup Finals and we have full host coverage and satellite distribution. The Adtec equipment is providing an invaluable unilateral channel back to New Zealand for additional content.’
‘Adtec’s equipment has performed flawlessly for the last three months,’ commented Kevin Ancelin, SVP sales and service for Adtec Digital. ‘TVNZ is very satisfied with the quality of pictures and sound received.’
‘Adtec streaming has been particularly impressive during peak hours,’ added Mr West. ‘The equipment is very easy to set up and provides excellent status and remote control facilities of both encoder and decoder.’