The tournament was broadcast throughout Asia and beyond, watched by 112 million spectators
Held concurrently in Jakarta and Palembang for the first time in their history, the 18th Asian Games ended in September with a closing ceremony in the Indonesia state capital of Jakarta where their opening ceremony had been staged 15 days earlier. The 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 – widely called the “Olympic Games of Asia” – includes disciplines practiced only in Asia. In addition to the well-known Olympic sports, dragon boating and the Chinese martial art of Wushu were among those contested.
The tournament was broadcast throughout Asia and beyond, watched by 112 million spectators, with the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) appointed International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) as host broadcaster. A joint venture between IMG (London) and HBS (Switzerland), IGBS was responsible for the Games’ live broadcast production and distribution. The event’s International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Jakarta hosted a number of international broadcasters, including NHK and TBS (Japan), KBS, MBC and SBS (Korea), CCTV (China), TV5 (Philippines) Astro (Malaysia), SCTV (Indonesia) and BEIN and AlKass (Qatar).
During the live production, Lawo equipment was used for signal processing and distribution, as well as for central control. Central routing in the Lawo setup was handled by a V__matrix unit, Lawo’s software-defined IP core routing and processing platform. Two V__remote4 units provided the PTP synchronization, and a VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) system provided the overarching control. For the live broadcasts, the 27 major stadiums involved in the event were continually connected to the IBC, while the feeds for sports coverage at “smaller” venues were recorded by ENG cameras and the material fed to the IBC.
The broadcast setup included production kits in the stadiums with commentator units, as well as permanently installed equipment in the IBC for multilateral reporting. The signals produced at the venues were transmitted to the IBC, where they were distributed to broadcasters after technical and content checks.
“Due to the Asian Games’ proximity to the World Cup in Russia, there was no time for us to configure and test the entire system as usual”
Head of Engineering, Harry Petry: “We chose the V__matrix for this task in order to be able to set up a decentralized IP infrastructure for our future projects. With its product portfolio, Lawo offers state-of-the-art IP-based technology and, with the V__matrix, is the market leader,” he explains.
“Due to the Asian Games’ proximity to the World Cup in Russia, there was no time for us to configure and test the entire system as usual, but our cooperation with Lawo over many major sporting events in recent years gave such confidence that we nevertheless decided in favor of this solution. So we put the system into operation at the beginning of August, and despite the time pressure, everything went according to plan.”