Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Live From FIFA World Cup: Telemundo SVP, Content Operations, Chris Suarez-Meyers Discusses Global Effort

08/12/2022

Live From FIFA World Cup: Telemundo SVP, Content Operations, Chris Suarez-Meyers Discusses Global Effort A team in Doha and one in Miami collaborate to provide U.S. viewers all the action from Qatar By Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 9:57 am

Print This Story

The Telemundo Deportes 2022 World Cup efforts literally span the globe. The broadcaster's Miami-based Telemundo Center produces content 24/7, and its Doha-based team ensures that it gets everything it needs to deliver for Spanish-language viewers in the U.S.

Telemundo's Jorge Duarte (left) and Chris Suarez-Meyers at the World Cup IBC in Doha

We are not doing anything other than pushing signals home, to Miami, where we have three production-control rooms managing over-the-air, cable, and our Peacock productions, says Chris Suarez-Meyers, SVP, content operations, Telemundo Deportes, who is onsite. We're pretty much quality control, pass-through, and routing.

At full strength, the team at the IBC comprises about 80 members and works in a space very similar in size to the one the team had in Russia for the 2018 World Cup. Production-control rooms and other content-creation and -playout areas in Miami receive signals from the IBC that originate from a variety of sources: the HBS multi-lateral feeds, studio operations throughout Doha, ENG crews. The team in Doha is almost as culturally diverse as the World Cup teams themselves, with Telemundo staffers hailing from 29 countries.

In Miami, says Suarez-Meyers, things run around the clock between over-the-air, digital, and streaming, and the post work never stops. Coming out of the elections right into World Cup mode is a big swing for the technical teams in [Miami], but so far so good. They're professionals and are handling it like champs.

From day one, he adds, the decision was to push all the audio and video signals to Miami. That includes all HBS feeds, as well as unilateral cameras, signals from bookable positions at the venues, from the studios, Fan Fest, and even the unilateral hotel position inside the Souq Waqif marketplace.

The biggest change from previous World Cups is the smaller overall footprint of the World Cup, with stadiums only a quick drive apart.

Having everyone in one city has proven to be a huge force multiplier, Suarez-Meyers notes. We can scale up, scale down, and move people around with a quick WhatsApp message. We can change plans without having to wait for people to land in outer cities or figure out a logistics plan. It's, Hey, I need three extra ENG crews to go to LuSail Stadium or I need two crews to go to the match- minus-one training. The fact that [the crews are] wearing LiveU backpacks and everything is sent back to Miami in an instant has made things a lot easier and more flexible for us.

The benefits extend well beyond giving the production team more flexibility: it helps keep the team fresher. It's less wear and tear on the team, he says, because they don't have to pack, get on a plane, unpack, get in a small car, drive to the stadium, wait in line. It makes things a lot easier, and they can always come back to their bed, and that goes a long way.

According to Jorge Duarte, senior director, product engineering, Telemundo Deportes, Ooredoo provides connectivity within Qatar, and ATT provides redundant long-haul fiber services via London and Frankfurt. Everything we planned for worked out the way we intended it to, and latency wasn't an issue, so we're doing everything from Miami. We expected some hurdles but we haven't had any.

Although HDR coverage isn't making it to viewers, it is being sent to Miami for testing. Everything in-bound to us from HBS is in 1080p HDR, Duarte explains. We convert it down to SDR and HDR. We also decided not to go 2110 this time around. We go back to baseband for transmission as it didn't make a whole lot of sense given what we're doing here.

Telemundo's IBC facility has a dedicated VAR room, where referees can see all the feeds the officials see, and a flash position with a robotic camera controlled from Miami and able to be fired up at a moment's notice.

We just put [the referee] in front of the [flash-position] camera and call Miami, which takes control of it, says Suarez-Meyers. If there is a controversial play, [the referee] can come out of their booth for halftime or postmatch, stand in front of the camera, and get their analysis on-air.

Telemundo's broadcast-operations area in Doha is much larger than its facility in Russia as there is no production control room this time around. At the front bench, three BOC techs rotate morning, day, and night and also check the commentary cameras at each stadium.

We have commentary positions at all 64 matches all eight venues, says Suarez-Meyers. As the games get more important, we'll have more activations inside the stadiums. We also have a permanent studio position at Lusail Stadium.

The team at the IBC coordinates with Miami to ensure that the team there knows everything they are supposed to receive and are receiving it properly.

We also have returns from Miami so we can see what they're seeing, adds Duarte. Everything is also being recorded back home; we do have very limited recording here for troubleshooting purposes.

The IBC is connected to the studio at the HBS Outside Presentation Facility, which has a main studio and a presentation platform overlooking the Corniche. Telemundo also has a stage at the Fan Festival, with a roaming camera, and another stage in a hotel.
LINK: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2022/12/08/live-from-the-fifa-world-cup-te...
See more stories from svg

North America Stories

01/02/2023

Bolin Technology Introduces World's First Dante AV Dual-Stream Cameras

Bolin Technology Introduces World's First Dante AV Dual-Stream Cameras Brie Clayton January 31, 2023 0 Comments D220UH and D412UH Simultaneously St...

01/02/2023

A Wild Start to the Week at American Tobacco: Barry the Beaver Tries Out Old Bull River

Barry the Beaver, named by American Tobacco security, found his way into the Old...

01/02/2023

New Music + Web3 Course to Prepare Students for the Next Generation of the Internet

New Music Web3 Course to Prepare Students for the Next Generation of the Inter...

01/02/2023

Rivers School Conservatory Commissions Berklee Composer Andrew List for Annual Seminar

Rivers School Conservatory Commissions Berklee Composer Andrew List for Annual S...

31/01/2023

L3Harris included in 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

L3Harris will be included in the 2023 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index (GEI), a modified capitalization-weighted index that tracks the performance of public comp...

31/01/2023

All Quiet on the Western Front graded and finished in DaVinci Resolve

All Quiet on the Western Front graded and finished in DaVinci Resolve Brie Clayton January 31, 2023 0 Comments Based on the book of the same name by Er...

31/01/2023

Astrophotography Nebula Fly-through, Part 2

Astrophotography Nebula Fly-through, Part 2 Graham Quince January 31, 2023 0 Comments Take a trip through space, flying past stars to observe amazing n...

31/01/2023

U.S. Digital Commerce Topped $1T for First Time

RESTON, Va. Comscore is reporting that U.S. online retail sales hit a record-breaking milestone in 2022, with digital commerce exceeding $1 trillion in online r...

31/01/2023

Frontier Launches 5 Gig Fiber Internet Service

NORWALK, Conn. Frontier has announced that it has rolled out a 5 Gig internet offering across its entire network, making it the first major ISP to deliver a net...

31/01/2023

Hulu, Fox Ink New Streaming Content Deal

LOS ANGELES Fox Entertainment and Hulu have signed a new multi-year content deal and an extensive multi-platform strategic marketing alliance that will keep Fox...

31/01/2023

Celebration Honors WRAL TechWire Past, Present and Future

A celebration for the 20th Anniversary of WRAL TechWire took place in the WRAL Media Buildings at CBC's Corporate Headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday, Janua...

31/01/2023

Student Spotlight: Cindy Latin

Student Spotlight: Cindy Latin The Berklee NYC songwriter talks about her journey from musical theater to writing songs, getting inspired by the Big Apple, an...

31/01/2023

Cyberpunk 2077 Brings a Taste of the Future With DLSS

Analyst reports. Academic papers. Ph.D. programs. There are a lot of places you can go to get a glimpse of the future. But the best place might just be El Coyot...

31/01/2023

Dolby Is Optimistic About HDR Growth as Fox Sports Preps for HDR Super Bowl Coverage

Dolby Is Optimistic About HDR Growth as Fox Sports Preps for HDR Super Bowl Cove...

31/01/2023

CBS Sports Digital Boosts Studio-Production Ops With Revamped Facilities in Ft. Lauderdale, Stamford

CBS Sports Digital Boosts Studio-Production Ops With Revamped Facilities in Ft. ...

31/01/2023

All the New Mobile Games on Netflix in January

Back to All News All the New Mobile Games on Netflix in January Netflix Staff Entertainment 31 January 2023 Global Ubisoft's Valiant Hearts: Coming H...

31/01/2023

Broadcaster Nilson1489' Shares Livestreaming Techniques and More This Week In the NVIDIA Studio'

Editor's note: This post is part of our weekly In the NVIDIA Studio series, ...

31/01/2023

BFM TV Launches BFM Video Monetization Platform Powered by Newsbridge

Frances 24-hour rolling news and weather channel, BFMTV and the RMC SPORT channels have launched a new, joint online marketplace to monetize their video archive...

31/01/2023

January 30, 2023

Experimental anti-depression drug may also be useful in treating alcohol use disorder Investigational, clinical-stage antidepressant MAP4343 shown to reduce alc...

30/01/2023

C2G to Move Into 14-Acre Warehouse in 2023 Following Incredible Growth

C2G to Move Into 14-Acre Warehouse in 2023 Following Incredible Growth Posted on 1/29/2023 6:00:00 PM by C2G Team C2G is improving its customer service and...

30/01/2023

L3Harris Viper Shield Electronic Warfare System Achieves Critical Design Review Milestone

Viper Shield all-digital electronic warfare (EW) suite is custom designed for th...

30/01/2023

G&D North America Announces Expansion Plans

German-based KVM provider G&D has announced intentions to grow its presence in the U.S. under the auspices of its G&D North America Inc. subsidiary by moving it...

30/01/2023

RDE Introduces a Major RDECaster Pro II Firmware Upgrade

R DE has announced a major new firmware update for its all-in-one audio production studio and interface R DECaster Pro II that introduces advanced sub-mixing to...

30/01/2023

Latin Music Legend Talks Songcraft in a New Berklee Course

Latin Music Legend Talks Songcraft in a New Berklee Course In Latin Songwriting, visiting artist Claudia Brant will focus on the value of collaboration, worki...

30/01/2023

Former Fox Business Reporter Blake Burman Joins NewsNation In Washington, D.C.

Nexstar Media's NewsNation said it hired former Fox Business Network White House Reporter Blake Burman as Chief Washington, D.C., Correspondent, a new posit...

30/01/2023

Gardner, Morgan Top Voters Choice Lists in Triangle

WRAL-TV personalities are making the best of lists in several directions. WRAL-TV Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner snagged the top spot in both Midtown Magazi...

30/01/2023

Media Industry Trends to Watch in 2023

The 2022 mid-term election cycle delivered record-breaking political ad spend, estimated to reach almost $10 billion, surpassing both the 2018 midterms and the ...

30/01/2023

Netflix Reveals Additional Cast For City Hunter'

Back to All News Netflix Reveals Additional Cast For City Hunter' Entertainment 30 January 2023 GlobalJapan Today Netflix confirmed that Misato Morit...

30/01/2023

Netflix unveils the trailer for In Love All Over Again

Back to All News Netflix unveils the trailer for In Love All Over AgainPlay Video Play Video Entertainment 30 January 2023 GlobalSpain Netflix has unveile...

30/01/2023

Big Step Forward: EMG Italy Unveils Basketball Instant Replay Center

Big step forward: EMG Italy unveils basketball Instant Replay Center By Roberto Landini, Italian Correspondent Friday, January 27, 2023 - 09:45 Print This ...

30/01/2023

Model Citizens: Inside Manchester City's Media Production Machine

Model Citizens: Inside Manchester City's media production machine By Will Strauss Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 17:14 Print This Story To find out just...

30/01/2023

EMG Group Opens New FISU TV Operation Hub in Italy

EMG Group opens new FISU TV operation hub in Italy By Jo Ruddock Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 14:27 Print This Story A brand-new state-of-the-art broadca...

30/01/2023

PlayBox Neo and SNews Announce Integrated Newsroom Solutions

PlayBox Neo announces a further expansion to the software connectivity of its television channel branding and studio playout servers with support now provided f...

30/01/2023

OOONA and VoiceQ Plan Technology Integration

OOONA, a global provider of professional management and production tools for the media localization industry, today announced that it has formed a strategic par...

30/01/2023

Cinegy partners with Pulzar Media on solutions in Slovenia

Cinegy GmbH, the premier provider of software technology for digital video processing, asset management, video compression and automation, and playout, now part...

28/01/2023

Will Poker Face' Start Episodic TV Trend?

Poker Face, a weekly mystery drama, debuts on Peacock January 26. Rian Johnson, director of Netflix whodunits Knives Out and Glass Onion, created the show and i...

28/01/2023

Fox Nation Streams The MisEducation of America 2: Live Summit' January 26

Fox Nation streams The MisEducation of America 2: Live Summit, hosted by Pete Hegseth, Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. ET. The forum will examine issues facing t...

28/01/2023

Fox Extends The Simpsons' Through Season 36

Fox has renewed The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers, all part of Fox Animation Domination. Each got two additional seasons, extending the comedies th...

28/01/2023

Vevo Marks 50th Anniversary Of Hip-Hop With Fresh Content

Music video service Vevo said it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop with original content and special programming....

28/01/2023

Dateline' Renewed for Season 7 in Broadcast Syndication

Dateline, NBC's one-hour news magazine, has been renewed for a seventh season in syndication on the NBC Owned Television Stations, Sean O'Boyle, executi...

28/01/2023

NBC Throws Carol Burnett a Birthday Party

NBC airs Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love April 26. The two-hour special, airing on Burnett's 90th birthday, will be filmed at Avalon Hollywood in...

28/01/2023

NAB to FCC: ATSC 3.0 Transition Is in Peril

The National Association of Broadcasters said that without some action by the FCC, including sunsetting the requirement to broadcast in both the current and nex...

28/01/2023

Benjamin Hall, Fox News Correspondent Injured in Ukraine, to Publish Memoir

Benjamin Hall, a Fox News war correspondent who was seriously injured outside Kyiv last year, will publish the memoir Saved: A War Reporter's Mission to Mak...

28/01/2023

Former Fox News Reporter Blake Burman Joins NewsNation In Washington, D.C.

Nexstar Media's NewsNation said it hired former Fox News White House Reporter Blake Burman as Chief Washington, D.C., Correspondent, a new position in an ex...

28/01/2023

American Idol' Back on ABC February 19

American Idol returns on ABC Sunday, February 19. It is season six on ABC. Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie return as judges, and Ryan Seacrest continue...

28/01/2023

Charter Reports Loss of 145K Cable TV Subscribers

In its latest quarterly earnings report, Charter Communications said it lost 145,000 cable TV subscribers, more than double the 71,000 who cut the cord in the s...

28/01/2023

EVS' CTO Discusses IP, UHD, The Edge and More

EVS' chief technology officer Alex Redfern has been discussing some of the trends the company expects to see within the broadcast industry in 2023....

28/01/2023

Blackmagic Fusion: NEW Sine/Cosine Maths Visualiser Demo

Blackmagic Fusion: NEW Sine/Cosine Maths Visualiser Demo Simon Ubsdell January 27, 2023 0 Comments An improved version of this visualiser. A fun use of...

28/01/2023

iPhone 14 Pro Filmmaking: Must-Have Accessories

iPhone 14 Pro Filmmaking: Must-Have Accessories Sean Alami January 27, 2023 0 Comments In this video, we're going to take a look at must-have iPhon...