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Lawo Stars in Cricket Broadcasts

Broadcaster Star TV bolstered its OB arrangements after acquiring broadcast rights to Indian Premier League cricket.

India (June 3, 2019)—When Star TV acquired the broadcast rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL) of cricket, the company changed its OB arrangements, building its own kits with Lawo equipment in order to reduce its reliance on third-party providers.

The IPL was founded in 2008 with eight teams representing cities in India. In 2010, it hosted the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube, and today, it has an estimated brand value of $6.3 billion.

Star India saw 700 million viewers tune in across its platforms to watch the 2018 tournament, with 200 million of those streaming the action via its over-the-top video streaming platform, Hotstar. The tournament final drew a peak of 10.3 million viewers—reportedly a record for live streaming of any event worldwide.

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Lawo’s earlier IPL involvement includes the first broadcast of the IPL in 5.1 surround in 2015, using Lawo mc²56 digital broadcast consoles with HD Cores. This involvement was expanded to include 11 more mc²56 consoles and several Lawo V__pro8 video processors to provide an 8×8 video matrix, and 384×384 audio matrix, Dolby E encode/decoding, and SDI embedding/de-embedding.

Star TV’s provision for broadcasting the IPL includes a new studio. The studio’s audio is centered on a 48-fader Lawo mc²56 audio console ordered towards end 2018 and installed in January 2019.

The initial installation for Star TV included a Lawo Compact Core routing populated with three DSP cards, a RAVENNA card for IP link to remote Lawo Dallis interfacing, a Dante card for interfacing with external Dante devices, and a MADI card with AES in/out for internal and external interconnects such as MADI to V__pro 8.

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The studio’s Dallis I/O frame supports 48 mic/line inputs, 48 line outputs, and 16 AES in/outputs. The setup also uses Lawo’s V__pro 8 video processing toolkit for audio de-embedding/embedding, and a Dolby-E option for surround production work.

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