Job in Focus #1 – Interactive Sports: Fox Footy Australian Rules Grand Final
In September 2004, Fox Footy asked Astralinks to transmit coverage of the AFL Grand Final from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Fox Footy’s coverage would provide an alternative, multi-feed choice from that of the host broadcasters’ and would test the production and multi-channel capabilities of the Astralinks SNG. From our truck ASTRA 3, the client brought in 10 feeds simultaneously from the Host Broadcaster. The client made use of Astralinks’ mini-production suite including an eight-input vision mixer and router to produce 3 separate viewer channels, all out of the one Astralinks SNG truck.
Astralinks also provided full production monitoring for the event including all necessary comms and four Digi-Betacam VTRs which were used for occasional replays. The event was transmitted to Sydney on 3 channels (15 mbps per channel) on one carrier via the truck’s fully-redundant 3 + 3 multiplexing system. This complex event used all components of the Astralinks SNG to their fullest potential.