SKY Sport HQ Modern infrastructure for the whole world of sport

SKY Sport HQ

Sky’s new production and broadcasting centre "Sky Sport HQ", with a built on a total area of 4,600 qm at the Unterföhring media site in Germany, has one of the most modern and largest broadcast IT infrastructures for live sports in Europe. It allows the broadcaster to produce all sports content in-house and to distribute it via a wide variety of distribution channels – such as linear TV, OTT services and via web and social media portals. 

Besides fully fitting out two live studios, interconnected control rooms, various editing suites, ten dedicated voice-over booths and 16 additional voice-over stations with audio-visual equipment, the infrastructure also has eight production control rooms (PCRs) and an occasional channel playout room (OCPCR) with an interconnected audio control room (ACR) as well as two TX control rooms for controlling the four 24/7 main channels and ten occasional channels. Apart from ingest – with up to 60 EVS recording channels and the construction of an 84 sqm studio LED wall for analyses, graphics and game scenes – the new system landscape also has numerous technological innovations which, in this shape and size, are so far unique in Sky’s live sports production. Features related to the IP backbone, the studio and graphic workflow for augmented reality and coverage during conference productions mark a new era in live production at Sky Deutschland.

New era of live sports production

Technical Information

Sky Germany
Sky Deutschland
09/16 - 07/17
Integrated Solutions (Extract) Manufacturer / Supplier
Touch user interface for studio automation Viz Mosart Vizrt
Real-time graphic application Viz Pilot Vizrt
Control room solution Viz Opus Vizrt
Graphic systems Libero, Arena and Multichannel for analysis and on-air integration of graphic elements Vizrt
Live production servers EVS XT & XS with up to 60 ingest channels and 76 live signals EVS
Conference area with twelve fully equipped production islands support three-way teams for live conferences Qvest Media
MediorNet real-time network Riedel
VSM Broadcast control system Lawo
Integration of Audio-Over-IP-network based on Dante with audio products from Lawo Qvest Media
Core Switches type Nexus 7710 for the central IT backbone with Nexus FEX2248TP-E and Catalyst 4948 Access switches Cisco
Storage solution with up to 735 terabyte capacity Isilon
Blade Server BL460c HP
ALL-Flash storage EMC Unity 300F DELL EMC
Archiving SGL und Quantum
Playout server, playout router and ADC automation Imagine
Mixers, cameras, glue equipment Sony
LED studio walls, M2.5C Aoto
LED controller Aoto
LED floor studio, LED Floor Studio, Zirkon7 KTL
LED ticker studio, C-Block6 KTL
Studio monitoring Sony, Samsung, NEC
Projection curved studio Christie