Glensound commentary equipment was used during broadcast coverage of the Champions League Final, which took place at Wembley Stadium last month and saw Barcelona triumph to become Champions of Europe.
Host broadcaster for the event was BSkyB Sky Sports, who contracted broadcast specialist G-WHIZ to provide the visiting broadcast commentator positions.
This was the first time that commentators had been presented with HD video feeds for monitoring and 3D video feeds for the UK rights holders, allowing them to follow replays in more detail. This service was provided OB facilities specialist NEP Visions, who sub-contracted to Creative Technology.
As part of this massive undertaking, G-WHIZ installed cabling and operated a selection of Glensound commentary systems. In excess of 32 positions used the GS-OC33 base stations and the GS-OC34 commentator units, alongside the GS-OC26 sub-rack base station and GS-OC24 commentator unit.
The GS-OC33s in the CCR were connected to the GS-OC34 Commentators Unit (CU) via a single coax cable, carrying audio and power. Each GS-OC34 has facilities for three commentators, with both programme and communication circuits, and six independent monitoring outputs. The CUs were located in a specially constructed area for this Champions league final as Wembley’s regular commentary positions were not used. Six GS-OC33 base stations were in use in the Wembley commentary control room, each with five programme channels available.
The set-up also included Glensound GSGC9 ISDN codecs, which were used to facilitate the delivery of commentary audio back to the respective broadcaster. In total, 25 GSGC9 devices were deployed, along with a selection of GSGC6 codecs.
The radio commentary section also made extensive use of Glensound reporter units, including GSGC5s, GSGC25s and GC8s.
Installation of the Glensound commentary units entailed the provision of more than 3500m of cable all laid to exact length and terminate on site. Following the match transmission, Sky contractors NEP Visions and G-WHIZ – which is still using an original Glensound GS-DK21 master output unit after 30 years’ service – worked through the night to remove the entire installation, ahead of a Division 1 play-off the following day.
The Glensound technology was deployed successfully throughout the all-important football final.
“All the Glensound systems were performing as they should, without any fuss, so I was able to sit back and enjoy the game,” said Glensound design engineer Chris Hill.
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