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Extreme Sports Require
Extreme Comms Solutions
By Riedel
Communications

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esides providing chills and thrills,
extreme sports provide the
ultimate backdrop for showcasing
the bleeding edge in broadcast
technology. Held in exotic settings
around the globe and featuring big
risks and even bigger personalities,
extreme sports draw huge crowds
and huge ratings.
Because these events often
involve extreme locations as well as
death-defying feats, the broadcast
infrastructure must be equipped with
special capabilities if it is to perform
to the highest levels. This is obvious
in the case of getting signals from
the venue to the TV compound but
also for the complex task of signal
sharing and distribution within the
compound. Another very important
aspect is communications, which is
essential not only for the successful
production of the event, but also
for the safety of everyone involved.
The ultimate extreme event was
held just over a year ago when
Felix Baumgartner jumped from
the Red Bull Stratos capsule more
than 39,000 meters above the Earth
to reach a freefall speed greater
than 1,300km/h in an event that
was streamed live to a worldwide
audience. For that production,
Riedel furnished its MediorNet
fibre-based video and signal
distribution systems, as well as the
wireless video links from onboard
cameras, to enable stunning
pictures to be delivered from the
capsule. Riedel also provided the
entire communications solution
for this record-breaking project,
integrating both wireless and
wired digital intercom systems that
worked flawlessly in the harshest
environment possible.
For many years now, Riedel has
been a partner in the Red Bull
X-Fighters World Series, providing

World Cup alpine skiing: The fibrebased networked infrastructure is
provided by Riedel MediorNet

communications and signal transport
for event and safety staff, as well as
for broadcast. "For the success of
the best freestyle motocross tour
on the planet, communications are
a pivotal element. This is what Riedel
provides to the tour each and every
day," said the Red Bull X-Fighters
Organization Team. Riedel systems
support show coordination among
event directors and stage managers,
lighting and PA staff, and scoring
officials, as well as the work of
the team's sports, medical, and
security staff.

Red Bull X-Fighters World Series:
Riedel is a partner

Sometimes, an event isn't
inherently extreme, but the
conditions are, and this is often the
case in alpine skiing. The benefits of a
fibre-based networked infrastructure
as provided by MediorNet are rarely
more evident than in this production
environment. Because every signal
is available at every node of the
system, The MediorNet network is
ideal not only for bringing signals
down off of the mountain, but
also for signal distribution to the
numerous rights holders in the OB
compound at the mountain's base.
The benefits of using fibre are welldocumented, and many mountains
already have fibre preinstalled
on the hill. Consequently, no
additional cables need to be run
the thousands of meters up and
around the race course, thus saving
time - often several days at larger
venues - and money.
Finally, Riedel has always had
a special relationship with F1 and
motorsports. From collegiate car
design and racing teams in Australia
to IndyCar racing in the United
States, signal transport and clear
communications combine to enable
unprecedented broadcast coverage,
as well as assuring the high-quality
communications required to keep
a driver informed and everyone
around the track safe.
"Riedel has long been a
communications system provider
in major motorsports throughout the
world, so we were confident that it
could stand up to the notoriously
challenging RF environment at the

Indianapolis Motor Speedway,"
said Bryan Herta, team owner at
Bryan Herta Autosport. "The Riedel
system lived up to our expectations,
enabling us to maintain a clear signal
to and from the car at all times."
The rules that apply to covering
extreme sports resemble those of
any other live event. The economics
that govern that coverage are
the same. The signal transport
infrastructure must accommodate
the large array of signals used today,
including HD video, IP, audio, and
data, with the highest degree of
signal integrity. The systems need
to be flexible so that signals are
easily routed and reconfigured
when inevitable changes occur.
They must rely on fibre, as copper
cables make no sense in terms of
signal payload or the time, effort,
and cost it takes to deploy them on
large events in remote locations in
harsh environments. Most important,
the signal transport infrastructure
must have intelligent design and
built-in redundancies to guarantee

Red Bull Stratos: Riedel furnished a
MediorNet fibre-based system and
wireless video camera links

that the signals are there regardless
of weather or instances where a
cable might be cut.
Extreme sports provide the
ultimate test not only of the
participants' prowess, but also
of the agility of the broadcast
equipment used to bring them into
viewers' homes.

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InNews: Vizrt to Acquire Mosart Medialab
InNews: NTP Dad Ax32 Captures Wagner
InReply: Seesense on Miniature Cameras
InStudio: Q-Ball Captures Historic Vettel Victory
InGear: Bluebell’s Fibre Optic Solutions
InGear: Grass Valley K2 Dyno Changes the Game
InMedia: Pixitmedia – More Partner Than Supplier
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In Broadcast - December 2013 - Contents
In Broadcast - December 2013 - InNews: Vizrt to Acquire Mosart Medialab
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