EUROVISION 2023 The United Kingdom – on behalf of 2022 winner Ukraine – hosted the 67th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) earlier this year, broadcasting live from the Liverpool Arena. Over 160 million people tuned in to watch 37 countries compete, requiring complex light, sound and stage designs. Disguise rose to the challenge, creating a custom- developed stage-management system that was essential to the programme’s success. Disguise delivered several LED displays for the stage – covering the floor, side walls and ceiling. This was then managed by five programmers, one projectionist as well as two system engineers, who collectively designed, layered and processed content that was unique to each act. They used Disguise’s Designer to create and switch between assets during live performances. This year’s ESC saw turnaround times of under a minute between acts – not nearly enough time to physically rearrange the set. To circumvent this, Disguise created a digital solution that illuminated 1250 individual marks on the LED stage throughout the event. These were developed for four months in conjunction with the BBC as well as the screens production and stage management teams. These quick transitions, controlled remotely via iPad, ultimately ensured a smooth show. Disguise has now completed two official ESC partnerships – the first being in Tel Aviv in 2019. ESC’s success results from the collaboration that occurs behind the scenes. “Everything and everybody performed above and beyond expectations,” insisted the performance’s head of video, Chris Saunders. Having won this year’s contest, Sweden is now set to host the 2024 ESC in the southern city of Malmö.
IN SICKNESS AND HEALTH Asklepios Kliniken-owned private TV station Health TV – which serves the German hospital group – is using Amagi’s cloud solutions to delve into FAST technology. The channel will enjoy increased reach, educating audiences on health, medicine and well-being. Amagi’s Cloudport playout platform and Planner content scheduler are enabling Health TV to create, manage EQUIPMENT UPGRADE Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has selected LiveU to provide IP bonding technology and cloud-based services to production centres all across the country. With over 150 items supplied, RTVE has increased its content- gathering capacity as well as its production efficiency. LiveU provided LU800s, LU300s, LiveU Ingest and LU-Smart mobile apps with the help of its local partner, Sinopsys Distribución Integral (SDI). RTVE’s national centres include two in Madrid – including the main hub – one in Barcelona and one in the Canary Islands. RTVE has another 17 regional centres and a number of international field units.
and distribute its linear channel, with the optional inclusion of adverts. Health TV is one of the largest digital video platforms in German healthcare, adhering to guidelines set by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, the WHO and the National Academy of Medicine. The channel already streams to Waipu.tv, Rakuten TV and Zattoo and plans to launch on even more platforms in the coming months.
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