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Delivering French Open live to LA using SMPTE 2110 in all-IP network

The Switch, a provider of production services and global delivery of live video, is celebrating its success as the primary connectivity provider for the recently concluded French Open tennis championships.

Thanks to its ability to extend its network capability in France to enable a 100% IP-based production environment, the US-based Tennis Channel was able to broadcast the much-awaited singles semi-final match between eventual champion Novak Djokovic and 13-time former French Open champion Rafael Nadal on June 11 to some 511,000 viewers.

Conforming to the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards, the all-IP media workflow permitted the separate transport of fully uncompressed video, audio and data from 17 courts at Roland Garros to Los Angeles.

Nicholas Castaneda, Senior Vice-President of Sales at The Switch, commented: “The Switch is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the delivery of live tennis coverage, and we are proud to have supported the main broadcast rights-holders with high quality feeds.

“We are excited to be among the industry players leading the way in integrating the SMPTE 2210 standard into live media workflows.”

The Switch utilised three dedicated transmit paths between Europe and North America, one created specifically for the tournament, and installed new hardware onsite at Stade Roland Garros.

Net Insight also played a vital role in the French Open deployment, providing the primary backbone for The Switch’s network through the installation of several Nimbra nodes for the transport of high-performance feeds between Paris and Los Angeles.


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