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SKY Sport Germany going for Lawo ‘single point of truth’ technology

SKY Sport Deutschland, one of the leading providers of sports broadcasts in Germany, has launched a comprehensive technical overhaul, with Lawo equipment sitting at the heart of this transformation. 

SKY Sport is installing a total of 12 IP-native Lawo diamond broadcast mixing consoles to optimise its sports coverage and television workflows. Based on the open AES67/RAVENNA audio-over-IP (AoIP) network standards, the diamond consoles are inherently also ST2110-30/-31 and ST2022-7 compliant.

The setup furthermore comprises Lawo Power Core units as digital signal processor (DSP) engines and to provide the diamond consoles with expandable I/O connectivity for AES67, MADI, analogue, AES3 and Dante sources and destinations.

For broadcast control, SKY uses Lawo’s VSM system (Virtual Studio Manager), a control and workflow solution for IP-based broadcast infrastructures which provides integration and support for custom workflows.

The infrastructure needed to provide the highest possible degree of technological integration. Scalability also played an important role, as the envisaged mixing consoles needed to cover anything between mono voice-over assignments and Dolby Atmos productions while being easy to operate.

The Lawo mixing console proved a good fit for SKY’s technological landscape. With its versatile DSP offering, the diamond eliminated erstwhile audio workflow limitations. Also, in light of the migration towards more and more remote production scenarios, different timing planes with sometimes significant offsets needed to be aligned; and the diamond did it very well.

In addition to the classic control rooms, a monitoring control room will also be set up. Equipped with a Lawo Power Core as monitoring and conversion unit, it will be used to level and monitor all other control rooms. “This means that a lot of information can be viewed or retrieved centrally as a ‘single point of truth’. In addition, the intercom system will be operated from here,” said Chris Hermann, Senior Manager, Production Architecture, SKY Sport Germany. 

Installation and commissioning are scheduled for 2024. Until the technical transformation is complete, the new setup will run in parallel with SKY Sport Germany’s existing infrastructure.

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