EBU doubles satellite capacity with Eutelsat for Olympic


MUMBAI: Eutelsat and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) which claims to be the worlds largest professional association of national broadcasters have signed a contract.

As per this four of Eutelsat's wideband transponders will be used by the EBU for television coverage of the upcoming Athens Olympic Games in August. The contract is for the equivalent of 306 MHz of Ku-band capacity on three Eutelsat satellites: Atlantic Bird 3, e-Bird and W3A.

W3A which is the latest addition to Eutelsat's fleet will commence service next month. For the duration of the Olympic Games this agreement will double the EBUs capacity leased on a full-time basis to the EBU by Eutelsat. The additional satellite capacity will allow the EBU to provide private direct point-topoint circuits between Athens and the headquarters of television channels that will have their own TV crews and content aggregation facilities in Athens.

In addition to these private circuits, the EBU will simultaneously deliver 800 hours of live coverage of the sports events with ambient sound to its 71 members. The distribution and exchange of programmes relating to sports events is a major part of the EBUs activities. In view of the worldwide coverage of the Olympic Games the EBU is setting up an infrastructure fully dedicated to the event with the deployment at the Olympic site of a new teleport to deliver a total of 36 nonstop programme feeds. 32 of them will be carried by Eutelsat.

Services from the EBU teleport in Athens will start on 2 August with technical tests in conjunction with each control room and recordings of the athletes preparations. On 11 and 12 August there will be coverage of the football matches scheduled as an avant-premire to the Games schedule. These will be followed on 13 August by the Opening Ceremony and the start of the Olympics, which will continue until 29 August.

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