As Chris Froome rode under the Arc de Triomphe to win the 100th Tour de France, GlobeCast marked its 17th straight year providing global broadcast services for cycling’s marquee event. GlobeCast’s coverage included on-site production and live HD satellite transmissions for the duration of the event.
This year, GlobeCast collaborated with Euromedia France to aggregate signals from two helicopters, five motorcycles, and several satellite newsgathering vehicles — covering all stages of the race — into a single broadcast stream that was delivered via satellite to several broadcast customers.
“In our almost two decades covering the Tour de France, we’ve seen many changes in the broadcasting landscape including the transition from analogue to digital, the evolution in encoding standards from ETSI to MPEG-2 and now MPEG-4, and the emergence of HD television. From our beginnings delivering analogue signals, we’re now aggregating HD feeds for delivery by satellite and fibre to the four corners of the earth,” said Operations Coordinator Philippe Ferrand. “These advances have raised the quality of the viewer’s experience to amazing levels, but the spirit of the world’s greatest cycling race has remained constant over the past century. We salute the ASO for 100 years of staging this awe-inspiring event for cycling enthusiasts worldwide.”