How we do it

The encoders take all the raw video from the production team and compress the content into smaller, encrypted feeds. These are then distributed over both satellite and low-latency fibre to the Tata Communications Live Events Master Control Room or MCR in the UK as well as the Dorna MCR and HQ in Barcelona. From there it is distributed over the network to broadcasters around the world. Using both satellite and fibre adds an additional layer of diversity and enables a wider global reach. The diversity is a result of the combined use of dual routing configured into a ‘hitless’ solution. This ensures the live content is available for distribution 100% of the time.

The entire infrastructure can be controlled from the second ‘operational’ pod by the Tata Communications Service Delivery team. They monitor everything coming in and going out across the fibre and satellite networks, checking feeds and signals at every step of the journey for any potential issues. The pods are fully connected and monitored by the Tata Communications Live Events MCR in the UK and Tata Media Services Operations centre in Pune, India. As well as communications to the operational teams, the pod is also connected to the Dorna MCR in Barcelona and the larger MotoGP broadcasters, so experts off-site are available at the push of a button.

“With so much action on track that the fans don’t want to miss, it really important that we harness technology sympathetically to seamlessly enhance the viewing experience with things like graphics and replays.”

Manel Arroyo - Managing Director, Dorna Sports & MotoGP