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Haivision’s Low Latency System Gives CTV a Competitive Edge for Coverage of London’s Royal Wedding.

Challenge

In order to broadcast the Royal Wedding, CTV set up a temporary studio in Westminster Methodist Hall, across the road from Westminster Abby in London, England.

Their set up included cameras on the grounds, along with an outside broadcast team primed to capture all the action in HD delivery back to Canadian viewers. With no exclusivity in broadcasting rights and a multitude of live camera shots to choose from, CTV’s greatest challenge was to ensure its coverage stood out from other broadcasters.

“The biggest benefit of Haivision’s endcoder is its low delay… with low latency monitoring to guide our production, we can achieve a much clearner looking broadcast.”

Alber FaustSenior Director of Media Technology - CTV


Reliable IP Infrastructure

CTV selected Haivision’s Makito encoders/decoders to deliver IP video with the lowest possible latency in high defi nition. With 20 Makitos, CTV established a reliable IP infrastructure within their temporary studio in London, and between the studio and the CTV broadcast center in Toronto.

Real-time HD feeds

CTV provisioned 14 HD feeds from Toronto to London, carrying a variety of live North American content. They took advantage of the network to send 6 real-time HD feeds from London back to Toronto for additional monitoring and decision support.

Diagram CTV

Results


Low latency and HD quality

Haivision’s Makitos allowed CTV to take advantage of the ubiquity of IP to deliver high quality, low latency content where and when it was needed – giving CTV a significant edge over competitive broadcasts.

Millions of viewers

With full HD 1080p60 video and an end-to-end latency of only 70 milliseconds, their production teams were able to outperform the competition, offering their millions of viewers the best Royal Wedding broadcast possible. CTV production teams were extremely pleased with the results.

About CTV

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, has the #1 national newscast and broadcasts the top-ranked local newscasts in 11 of the 12 major Canadian markets. On April 29th 2011, over half a dozen US broadcasters were competing to get the best coverage of the Royal Wedding in London. With no exclusivity in broadcasting rights and a multitude of content to choose from, CTV’s greatest challenge was to ensure its coverage stood out from other broadcasters. Haivision’s Makito encoding / decoding technology provided CTV with the lowest available delay to support the need to make real-time content decisions, and allowed CTV to take advantage of the ubiquity of IP to deliver content where and when it was needed.