Discovery and Eurosport chose Hitomi’s MatchBox to ensure that their live delivery of Olympic Winter Games coverage from PyeongChang was accurately lined up. Being the first broadcaster to hold all TV and multi-platform rights across Europe*, Eurosport’s coverage served 48 markets in more than 20 languages. Transmission of the content from South Korea presented considerable challenges to ensure lip-sync, measure circuit delays and provide identification of audio feeds.
The solution was to install MatchBoxes in the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in PyeongChang that would generate test signals which MatchBox Analysers in the European sites received.
MatchBox is a hardware and software solution housed in a 1RU frame. It is a comprehensive measurement system of audio and video alignment. One feature Eurosport found invaluable during the Games was its text to speech synthesis. With commentaries available in so many languages, sound engineers needed a solid method of checking their configuration. MatchBox’s spoken identing system made that simple and quick.
“With over 50 lines to check at once there isn’t time for the subjectivity of lining up by eye and ear,” said Richard Wardle, Senior Director Distribution Engineering at Discovery. “The great advantage of MatchBox is speed and accuracy. Overall it was an excellent solution.”
Hitomi are pleased to continue working with Discovery on developing new solutions for their future requirements.
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*Excludes France 2018-2020. Excludes Russia. Official Broadcaster in the UK 2018 and 2020.
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