MEDIAPRO to provide TV production services for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima

The MEDIAPRO Group has been chosen as Host Broadcaster of the 2019 XVIII Pan American Games and the VI Parapan American Games in Lima, the largest sports competition in North and South America.

MEDIAPRO will be in charge of broadcasting all sporting events that form a part of both Games held at 24 venues, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies which will be held at the Estadio Nacional in Lima.

The Games include competitions in 39 sports and 62 disciplines and will be held from July to September 2019. A total of 900 hours of live coverage will be broadcast around the world. The MEDIAPRO Group was selected after an international call for bids in which the major audiovisual groups around the world participated.

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from left to right: Francisco José de la Fuente, Jaime Reusche, John Chuman

The project is expected to cost a total of 15M dollars. The Pan American Games are the biggest multidisciplinary sporting event for Northern and Southern American athletes, including those from the USA and Canada.

A complex operation of 600 specialized professionals will cover nearly 2,800 events with 16 mobile units and 300 tons of equipment with state-of-the-art technology capable of covering any sports discipline from a marathon to athletics, gymnastics and aquatic sports. Said coverage will rely on telephoto and wide-angle lenses, underwater cameras, aerials, special slow motion cameras, Steadicams and drones among other high-definition technical equipment.

MEDIAPRO will also be in charge of setting up the International Broadcast Center (IBC), located at the Lima convention center where all of the signals received from the 24 venues will be centralized for later distribution to the international TV operators with broadcasting rights for the Games. The IBC will also provide technical coverage for media outlets travelling to Lima for the event and will include TV studios and live connection points.

MEDIAPRO has extensive experience in the production and distribution of major sporting events. It currently handles production (fully or in part) for 13 soccer leagues, including the championships in Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Colombia, Bolivia, Kenya, Gabon and Mozambique. Its production history includes the finals for the UEFA Champions League, the Copa América de Naciones, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the EuroLeague Final Four, the Arab Games, the F1 championships, the French Open and the World Surfing Championship in Australia.

The 2019 Pan American Games will be held in the Peruvian capital from July 26 to August 11 next year and feature more than 6,600 athletes from 41 countries competing in 62 disciplines and 39 sports. The 2019 Parapan American Games will be held from August 23 to September 1 in Lima, bringing nearly 2,000 athletes together to compete in 18 disciplines and 17 sports. Both Games will have qualifying disciplines for the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

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2018 French Open in Ultra High Definition

France Télévisions and the French Tennis Federation, in collaboration with TDF and FRANSAT, a subsidiary of Eutelsat, will provide 4K coverage of the Philippe-Chatrier court, Roland-Garros’ primary venue during the two-week tournament.

All matches will be captured by France Télévisions’ production channel. Once again, the event channel whose broadcasting scope was extended in 2018 demonstrates the public broadcaster’s strategy of technological innovation and its distribution policy that is optimised to reach and serve all audiences.

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Broadcast live from 27 May to 10 June, the matches will be aired:

  • everywhere in France on channel 444 of the FRANSAT free-to-air satellite platform;
  • in Paris and the Île-de-France* region, as well as in Nantes and Toulouse on channels 81 or 82

to all homes equipped with a 4K/UHD** compatible TV set.

For the 2018 edition, Ateme has been selected to provide digital compression for the entire offer and Zayo for its expertise in fibre signal transport.

UHD or 4K offer viewers true immersion and an unprecedented viewing experience with an image quality four times richer than the current Full HD and two times more images per second.

This new operation confirms that the transition to UHD is now well underway at industrial level. The switch to UHD (4K) is a key component of the CSA’s planned modernisation of DTT.

* From the Eiffel Tower and the Chennevières, Meaux and Chaville sites

** For DTT homes, the “4K” or “UHD” TV set should also receive programmes broadcast in DVB-T2 and HEVC.