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June 19th, 2017

SIS LIVE's Glastonbury Presence Has Two, Dual, Uplink Dishes In Tune For Global Broadcasting Ops

SIS LIVE will connect the music headliners, such as Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, as well as hundreds of additional artists, to the rest of the world during the upcoming Glastonbury festival.

Two dual dish uplinks will be provided that will enable audiences to view performances and information on multiple platforms via mobile phones, tablets, laptops, as well as on BBC TV and iPlayer. The eight feeds will be sent directly to the BBC from the five main Glastonbury stages, day and night, from Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25. Three SIS LIVE engineers will work in rotation to ensure seamless transmission of the relevant feeds, which will be broadcast on BBC 1, BBC 2 and BBC 4, BBC iPlayer services and BBC 3.

David Meynell, Managing Director, SIS LIVE, relayed that the company has worked with the BBC at Glastonbury for more than 15 years. This year the company will dispatch two dual-dish uplink trucks during the technical build up to enable all eight feeds for the five main performance stages to be thoroughly tested. This is no simple task. Glastonbury is one of the world’s most famous music festival, comprised of some 900 acres with a perimeter of approximately 8.5 miles and attracts more than 170,000 ticket holders, staff, and performers each summer. It is a pop-up city larger than Oxford, but with a very limited permanent infrastructure, which means set-up, live uplinks and streaming require a lot of experience and expertise to avoid the numerous potential physical obstacles and technical challenges. Fortunately, we’re Glasto veterans.