Trial of new JVC live streaming camera in the WTCC
A trial of a new video camera with the capability to stream live footage using wireless internet proved a big success during Thailand’s round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship earlier this month (1 November).
The JVC GY-HM650 ProHD camera uses real time error correction software developed by US company Zixi that enables stable and secure video-over-internet delivery to broadcasters around the world.
A crew from Fox Sports in Argentina was onsite at the Chang International Circuit close to the town of Buriram, host venue of the inaugural WTCC Race of Thailand, to conduct the trial with support from personnel from JVCKENWOOD’s Japan headquarters.
Not only was the crew from Fox able to transmit high-quality broadcast images to its main base in Buenos Aires, it also made a significant cost saving for the network, which avoided having to obtain the footage via satellite.
And with Argentine driver José María López securing his second WTCC title in as many seasons*, there was a significant demand for footage being made available as soon as celebrations begun following the completion of the opening race, which López won to claim the title.
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: "We were really pleased with the results of the trial and also pleased that the team at Fox Sports, one of the WTCC's most valued broadcast partners, was also satisfied with the outcome, not least the ease with which they could obtain footage and the limited costs they incurred. The JVC GY-HM650 ProHD camera really is a great product and I have no doubt that other WTCC broadcasters will look to take advantage of the many benefits it offers."