EVS has been selected by Timeline Television to provide part of the technology core of the live sport production workflow for UK sports broadcaster BT Sport, which launched Aug. 1.
The channels are based in iCITY, London’s new digital quarter, the former International Broadcast Centre (IBC) at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Part of the IBC Olympic building has been refitted with three TV studios, a control centre, 20 editing suites and an audience holding area. The BT Sport facility will broadcast BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN. BT Sport will show 38 exclusively live football matches from the Barclays English Premier League, plus FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, as well as a range of new studio debate and information shows such as BT Sport Live.
Timeline Television is providing a complete managed service to BT Sport, based around EVS’ fast-turnaround live production workflow. EVS has supplied 12 of its latest XT3 and XS studio servers for live production to handle all video feed ingest and highlights playout. EVS’ IPDirector production asset management suites will control the entire media workflow, including video ingest scheduling, logging, playout control and scheduling, as well as media exchange with Avid Interplay. There is also integration with Harmonic nearline storage, with high-res and LoRes files available for instant access via EVS IPBrowse terminals. An IP2Archive system has also been supplied to enable content so be stored — and easily reused during production — on LTO and integrates tightly with BT’s chosen HSM.
BT Sport’s operators, editors and journalists will be using a total of 200 IPBrowse stations, providing smooth and instant access to hundreds of hours of logged content via EVS’ LoRes network. This will allow them to create reviews, rough cuts and quick highlights or transfers directly to their Avid timelines, resulting in faster production turnaround.