FOX Sports Revolutionizes Delivery of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Aspera
“With Aspera and Telestream, our coverage will be enhanced by our ability to get more content back to our LA facility at a lower cost.”
The FOX Sports Operations & Engineering team set out to create a dramatic new audience experience while maximizing efficiencies for the production of the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia. The team sought to leverage FOX Sports’ existing, state-of-the art production facilities in Los Angeles and avoid the creation of entirely new facilities and the movement of staff to Russia. By moving data – instead of people and equipment – FOX could enhance their tournament coverage and create more content by leveraging new Aspera improvements in IP-based transfer technology and the existing investments in the Los Angeles facility.
In its coverage of the 64 tournament matches, FOX will ingest 20 HD-SDI feeds and two UHD-HDR feeds per match, which will create over 1 petabyte of content for the entire tournament. The production team in Los Angeles must be able to edit and deliver content within seconds of live action to meet audience expectations for playback of match highlights during the halftime show and other bridge programs.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup operation represents an investment in FOX Sports’ future. The organization plans to utilize the joint Telestream-Aspera solution for the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year and at events such as NFL games. These events will be enhanced by the ability to get a high volume of quality content to the Los Angeles production facility for immediate action and quick turnaround. In the long term, FOX Sports’ digital content offerings will be strengthened by the ability to create and deliver more and better content to their audiences. In the end, it is the viewers who end up with a better experience.
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With Aspera and Telestream, our coverage will be enhanced by our ability to get more content back to our LA facility at a lower cost.