Wuppertal, Germany (August 30, 2017)—Riedel's MediorNet real-time media network provided the redundant and decentralized signal routing and transport infrastructure from start to finish of the Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine.
Riedel provided communications and signal distribution solutions for the twelfth consecutive year in the world's longest-running international television song competition. Broadcast every year for 62 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world, with a current estimated global audience of around 200 million.
For three broadcasts (the two semifinal shows and the finals), Riedel supplied a fiber-based signal and communications backbone for its partner, NEP Sweden AB, which produced the show's world feed on behalf of EBU and the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine – UA:PBC. As with last year's production, NEP Sweden AB's HD1 OB van was equipped with Riedel MediorNet and Artist digital intercom components.
The recently launched MediorNet MultiViewer was also deployed, with everything supported by a 25-member onsite engineering team.
The Riedel MediorNet backbone consisted of four MetroN core routers and dozens of MicroN high-density media distribution network devices deployed in a mesh topology.The Riedel network linked numerous production components including control points for sound, lighting, and pyrotechnics. In all, more than 150 comms panels and 600 analog and digital TETRA radios were used for the show.