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Words by Katie Kasperson
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Aerial Camera Systems (ACS) and EMG Connectivity (formerly Broadcast RF) announced a four-year extension of their partnership with Wimbledon Broadcast Services (WBS) ahead of the annual tennis tournament. As part of the deal, ACS and EMG Connectivity will be the specialist suppliers of the All England Club’s Wimbledon Championships for the foreseeable future. The world-famous, two-week tennis event is one of the biggest outdoor sports
broadcasts, requiring an enormous collaborative effort from all. ACS has been involved for over two decades, while EMG Connectivity became Wimbledon’s exclusive RF camera supplier in 2018. Broadcasting Wimbledon involves being unobtrusive and maximising capabilities within the grounds’ confines. This year, the cameras were UHD or 1080p HDR to expand WBS’s high-quality format support. Centre Court featured an ACS Smarthead set along the baseline, with an additional
four units providing player coverage. Other cameras captured the No 1, Southern and Northern courts, plus crowd and venue shots and views of the London skyline. The most challenging coverage, however, is the Walk of Champions, which follows the players between the Dressing Room to the entrance of Centre Court and out onto the members’ balcony after a match. This required antennae to be placed along the corridors, in addition to 40 configured among the grounds.
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