The next step in F1 broadcast technology is upon us, as Tata Communications, Formula 1′s official connectivity partner has announced that it is providing Official F1 broadcaster Chello DMC live Formula 1 video feeds via its wholly-owned fibre network for the first time this season.
The high quality video feeds, broadcast on Dutch sports channel, Sport1 will be used for the channel’s full 2014 race season coverage.
It is the first of what Tata Communications hopes will be a number of contracts with leading F1 broadcasters, as the sport moves into a new age of multi platform broadcasts.
The company has been in F1 since 2012, initially working with Formula One Management on live timing, F1.com website hosting and remote operations. Last year it added a relationship with one of the leading teams, Mercedes, providing connectivity from the race tracks which allows them to analyse data remotely at three times the normal speed.
The next logical step was a deal with one of the broadcasters, making them the only telco which supports
The new partnership giving Chello DMC access to high quality video content thanks to Tata Communications’ global fibre network. Six live feeds and an additional unilateral feed from all 19 races this season will be distributed via the fibre network for broadcast on the Sport1 channels and via the Sport1 app.
It’s part of a package which sees all aspects of the broadcasters infrastructure needs fulfilled, including operational wi fi requirements.