Fuel MediaLab helps real-time racing coverage with Dejero setup
WATERLOO, CANADA—Video production company Fuel MediaLab relies on Dejero IP transmitters for real-time contribution of races from the fast lanes across Canada to the TV2GO teleport in Toronto for distribution to NBC, TSN and other broadcast networks .
The configuration, used for a variety of races including the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and the Canadian Sports Car Championship (SCCC), overcomes the challenges associated with cellular networks at speed tracks.
“Most race tracks are located in rural areas where cellular network connectivity is limited,” said Joel Robinson, media producer at Fuel MediaLab. “When you add a few thousand viewers to the mix, networks can become congested. However, with Dejero’s EnGo Mobile Transmitter combining all available networks, we get incredibly reliable connectivity – and we can further improve cellular reception by fixing the EnGo into the vehicle’s antenna docking station and connecting it to our truck’s roof antennas.
FuelMedia is also using the Dejero GateWay M6E6 network aggregation solution, equipped with six cellular modems, boosting internet connectivity in production trucks, the company said.
A Dejero WayPoint receiver at TV2GO headquarters reconstructs broadcast-quality video transported over multiple IP connections from EnGo, decodes HEVC or AVC and outputs to SDI or MPEG-TS workflows for distribution to multiple online platforms and broadcast, he said.
The cloud-based management system Dejero Control offers simplified video stream routing and sharing for TV2GO. It allows the company to monitor the status of EnGo SIM cards, traffic usage and mobile coverage, so it can track data costs while ensuring the best connectivity performance across the various race venues, a said Dejero.
“What I particularly like about EnGo is its simplicity and flexibility,” Robinson said. “I press a button on the device, TV2GO checks signals remotely, and we’re ready to go from virtually anywhere on the highway.”
NASCAR Pinty has signed a contract with Fuel MediaLab to be the official host broadcaster for 2022. The racing season, which begins May 14 at Sunset Speedway, includes 13 races across Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and Saskatchewan. . Many are in remote locations with little or no internet connectivity on site.
“For the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, we can distribute the video feed in various formats required by the event sponsors at these races,” said Lawrence Partington, Chief Innovation Officer of TV2GO.
“It can be pay-per-view, a dedicated OTT channel or a traditional linear channel. We send live video from Dejero EnGo or GateWay via our teleport to TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold in New York via RTMP and to Canadian rights holder TSN as HD SDI over broadcast fiber. It works incredibly well,” he said.
The solution leverages Dejero’s Smart Blending technology to create a resilient Internet connection by aggregating multiple networks into a single service. Dejero’s new EnGo 265 mobile transmitter enables the transmission of high-quality live video with glass-to-glass latency as low as 0.5 seconds over bonded cellular connections, Dejero said.
Fuel MediaLab and TV2GO plan to build a REMI kit using multiple Dejero EnGo transmitters for specific racetracks where laying camera cables is too logistically difficult and using satellite connectivity alone would be costly, the company said. company.
More information is available about the company website.