FIA World Rally to implement LiveU HEVC technologies in 10 events in 2019

WRC Promotor GmbH, company responsible for all commercial aspects of the FIA World Rally Championship, has announced the use of LiveU’s solutions across 10 rallies this year: Rallye Monte-Carlo, Rally Sweden, Tour de Corse, Rally de Portugal, Rally Italia Sardegna, Rally Finland, ADAC Rallye Deutschland, Rally Turkey, Wales Rally GB and Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España. The system was previously tested last August at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

Florian Ruth, Director of Content and Production, WRC Promoter, explains that FIA World Rally is using three LU600 HEVC-equipped units with associated LiveU server technology and LiveU Central for overall management. “HEVC is very important for us to significantly reduce bandwidth and LiveU has fitted smoothly into our production workflows” said Ruth.

WRC Promotor keeps optimizing the system of LiveU. According to the press release, the Tour de Corse will be the first time that the LU600s will be involved in testing camera positions in advance of the event. Ruth give us more information about how WRC is deploying LiveU’s technology: “We are using LiveU in conjunction with our RF and satellite workflow, allowing us to significantly expand our coverage without having to worry about access to certain parts of events or rely on motorcycles to deliver the additional captured footage to us. In order to continue to fully engage existing viewers and to attract new audiences, we constantly need to innovate. Using LiveU is allowing us to think differently and to bring a fresh level of dynamism to our content as we can use locations at each event that simply weren’t possible previously. LiveU will also be able to deliver content directly to our Production Hub as we begin to move to remote production”.

How does this system work during a rally? Signals are sent – both live and files using store and forward – to the WRC TV production unit where the LiveU servers are situated, normally in the event Service Park, with the content then pulled into the edit suite as required. Rally stages are spread up to 250 km around the Service Park at each event.

Zion Eilam, Regional VP Sales (EMEA) at LiveU, talks about the agreement with WRC: “We have worked very closely with WRC Promoter over the past few months to truly understand the considerable contribution challenges that they face and how we are able to work together to create new opportunities for them. We are very pleased that we’ve been chosen as a key part of their future development.”