NFL Network and other broadcasters score a big win with The Switch in Super Bowl 50
The Switch needed to meet the needs of the NFL Network, along with a range of broadcasters and rights holders, for Super Bowl 50 – one of the world’s biggest and most iconic sporting events
To meet various requirements, The Switch supplied transmissio and/or at-home/remote services for the game feed and relayed live content from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
NFL requirements included video and Ethernet to enable scores of individual services, with support for ‘big data’ a key driver
The Switch enabled massive bandwidth and infrastructure integration
Supported more than 28 HDI-SDI, JPEG2000 and ASI video paths and 24 data connections ranging from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps, totalling more than 7,500 hours of video and data transport
Built a backbone allowing clients to migrate to file-based workflows via fully diverse and low latency transport service
Two Point of Presence (POP) service trailers allowed a flexible way to extend the reach of The Switch’s network, matching the capabilities and features of fixed location facilities: diverse signal paths and redundant equipment
The Switch reinforced its position as a ‘trusted transmission partner’ of the NFL with its support for extensive connectivity – as it had from NFL stadiums throughout the US during the full season
Its Super Bowl operations offered a hybrid approach, enabling clients to leverage best-of-breed at-home/remote production and centralized operations to ensure consistently high-level productions in terms of workflows, personnel and technology
Clients were able to conduct all data business seamlessly for applications that included centralised graphics and editing, adding more value in terms of managing remote operations
Super Bowl 50 exemplified a continued move toward at-home/remote production operations that connect robust onsite facilities with production teams hundreds, even thousands of miles away
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