Here is our look at the technology & equipment involved in broadcasting FIFA matches?
FIFA World cup 2018 has entered into a crucial stage with some major upsets. Group stage has now ended and the world football event has now entered into a quarter-final stage, giving us nail-biting competitions to watch. According to some source, around 1 billion people are tuned in to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018. To make sure, die-hard football fans won’t miss a live streaming of even single match, a lot of efforts has been put in by the organizers to broadcast the matches.
Telecasting a football match is a not an easy process, it takes hundreds of men, complex technology and hours of preparation before a ball is kicked in the stadium. It also takes a huge amount of resources, infrastructure investment and various tool in the background that provides additional information to the referee that ultimately helps in decision making.
Approximately, 300 broadcasters are showcasing live matches to 210 countries.
Talking about the technology,
FIFA announced that this would be the first cup to have all 64 matches shot in Ultra HD, with HDR to boot.
Also, it was revealed that 37 cameras would cover every single match.
A hybrid UHD/HDR/1080p setup is being used that improves the picture quality.
To make sure that even the fastest goal is not missed, eight cameras are installed to capture the moment in super slow motion,
Besides, there is two ultra-motion camera. These cameras are key for things like VAR (video-assisted referee) technology and help referees to take right decision when something controversial happens in the game.
If that is not enough, another two cameras are the Cinefex heli-cam and a cable-cam that are installed. Moreover, there are two reverse corner cameras and one tunnel camera to round things off.
This is all done by Host Broadcast Services (HBS), who have been doing the job of showcasing the World Cup with great video quality since the 2002 tournament in Korea and Japan.