Extreme E unveils sustainable broadcast technology

Monday, January 4, 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

Extreme E has unveiled some of the broadcast technology it will employ when the new off-road series begins this year.

Developed over 18 months and delivered with production partners NEP Group and Aurora Media Worldwide, Extreme E says its solution will see it reach remote locations whilst also managing to reduce environmental impact across the entire production.

The end-to-end solution which will include, ‘flypack, remote production, crewing, satellite and fibre connectivity, edit, ingest, AR, GFX, display and projection, and specialist cameras’, which have been designed to withstand the extreme temperatures and conditions in which the competition will take place.

The specialised flypack will be connected into NEP’s ‘UHD ready’ centralised Broadcast and Media Centre, in central London.

“After spending months working on these innovative broadcast solutions, many of which have never been used before, it has been great to see them all put into action at our recent test,” said Dave Adey, Head of Broadcast & Technology, Extreme E.

“We are travelling to such remote locations with Extreme E, which means there will be no second chance when we get to site, so this test has proved essential, and seeing all the hard work in real life has been very gratifying. We can’t wait to go racing later this year and show the world Extreme E through one of the most innovative productions I’ve ever worked on.”

Simon Moorhead, Managing Director of NEP UK Broadcast Services, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the Aurora team on the Extreme E racing series and having the opportunity to develop an integrated set of solutions to support these unique events. Between designing for COVID restrictions and being mindful of our impact to the environment, we needed to create a workflow that connected limited production crew and equipment on site to remote production hubs while shooting from some of the world’s most remote and difficult locations. All of our teams came together to meet these challenges head on.”