Exterity Continues Role as Video Streaming Provider At The 144th Open

After its first installation five years ago, Exterity again delivers crisp video to every screen around the hospitality and media tents throughout the event
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Edinburgh, 16th July 2015 - Exterity, the leading provider of enterprise IPTV technologies for the secure distribution of live, on-demand and recorded video over IP, today announced that its products  will again be used at The Open to deliver live TV and video across the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, from 16-19th July 2015. The Open is golf’s oldest Championship, attracting players and visitors from around the world.  

The Exterity professional IP video system was originally deployed for The Open in 2010 to allow the competition organisers to stream live footage of the event over newly installed course IP networking, enabling broadcasters to contribute high quality content directly to screens across the venue. The new installation has extended the reach of the Exterity system to all the hospitality and media suites at St Andrews, so that golf fans can witness new records and watch close-ups of the action regardless of their location within the hospitality village. The system is also used by on-site broadcasters to monitor their channels as delivered from both satellite and Freeview services.

The installation was led by C3i Events, who specialise in events management for large-scale sporting competitions. On working with Exterity for The Open, C3i Events owner Jason Hall commented: “The Open requires months of planning and two months on-site. Streaming a competition of this scale would have been impossible without Exterity. The system provides all off air and on-course channels in a flexible and scalable way, as well as all the control and management features we need, and that can all be managed centrally by a single administrator. On top of consistently delivering high quality video, the Exterity professional IP video system is easy to set up and robust. In fact, it’s so reliable that we’ve only had to expand on the original installation for this year’s 144th Open to cater for a greater number of screens!”

Commenting on his company’s involvement with The Open, Colin Farquhar, CEO at Exterity, said: “Our IP video distribution solutions are being used by organizations around the globe, from financial corporations to offshore oil rigs and production houses. Temporary installations such as The Open require a robust system that is quick and easy to install and doesn’t compromise on picture quality, while ensuring that the action is streamed in real-time to enable visitors to be immersed in the competition, even when they’re not next to the fairway itself. We’re delighted that our initial work with C3i has resulted in continued collaboration at such a prestigious event.”

The 144th Open takes place on 16th – 19th July, 2015 at the Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland.

Technical specifications:

·The Exterity IP video solution sits on top of the existing fibre based network, which has been installed on the championship course

·The distribution of content from capture to delivery to every screen is controlled centrally from Exterity’s management system, the AvediaServer Director

·The Exterity system uses 335 Receivers, HD-SDI and HDMI Encoders, as well as Satellite and Freeview TVgateways as backup

·The system streams content from Exterity AvediaStream Encoders straight to the 36m LED video wall situated in the media center

Note to editors: For further information or for a briefing with Exterity, please contact Segolene Roche of Platform PR: segolene@platformpr.com, (T) +44 (0)20 7486 4900 (EMEA and APAC) or Alicia Root, alicia@platformpr.com (US).

To arrange a briefing with C3i Events, please contact Jason Halll: info@c3i-events.com, (T) +44 (0)17 9248 2466.

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About Exterity

Since 2001, Exterity has been designing, developing and manufacturing technically innovative, reliable IP video solutions to some of the leading organizations across the globe. These organizations choose Exterity products because they want the best, because they demand excellence.

Enabling distribution of HD quality TV and video over enterprise IP networks to an unlimited number of end points, Exterity solutions support large volumes of content and receiving devices without compromising system performance or availability.

Highlights:

  • Deployed in over 40 countries
  • Achieved growth in excess of 240% over the last five years
  • Scalable solutions for organizations of any size and across any sector
  • Unique industry leading features and market specific application

Headquartered in Scotland UK, we extend our global reach through our offices in Atlanta, London, Paris, Munich, Dubai, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. Localized knowledge and expertise is enhanced through the Exterity StreamForce program of technically innovative partners, plus an extensive network of in-country resellers and distributors.

About C3i

Established in 2009, C3i Events was formed to provide behind the scenes support services to Production Companies & Event Organisers. Our policy is to take the stress and strain away from the organisers enabling them to concentrate on the bigger picture.

The C3i Events team possess a wealth of experience in all aspects of event management, including Corporate Hospitality, Exhibition & Pavilion Management, Team Building, Filming & Post Production, Audio Visual Supply & Production Services.

The Open

The 144th Open will be played at St Andrews from 12-19 July 2015.

The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on iconic British and Irish links courses, it is the game’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.

Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

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