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Lawo broadcasting the Indian Premier League

The Indian Premier League (IPL) features the best - and highest paid - cricketers. The league has consistently achieved record-breaking audience figures. Lawo equipment is used in production.

It is inconceivable in Germany that a sport like cricket can mobilize millions of viewers and lure them in front of the umbrellas. In many Commonwealth countries and former British colonies, however, cricket is one of the top sports that are produced at great expense for a large audience. The Indian Premier League is a good example of this.

The broadcasting rights for the current IPL season are currently held by Star TV under a five-year contract, which required significant changes in the operational process. Star TV relies on technological continuity and continues to use the innovative broadcast products and solutions from the German manufacturer Lawo.

The IPL was founded in 2008 by eight teams with the world's best players representing eight cities in India. In 2010, the world's most successful cricket league in terms of audience numbers was the world's first league to broadcast its games live on YouTube. The IPL has (as of 2018) an estimated brand value of 6.3 billion US dollars.

CEO Uday Shankar describes Star as a "very powerful institution". In India, Star broadcasts the IPL games online via its video streaming platform Hotstar, which also owns the worldwide internet rights. In 2018, 700 million viewers switched to Star India and followed the league games of the season there; 200 million alone watched the games via streaming on the Hotstar platform. The championship final reached a world record for live streaming of an event with 10.3 million viewers.

With the most expensive broadcast rights deal in cricket history, the contract with Star TV is subject to the changed rules regarding on-site broadcasts for IPL games. In order to make operations more efficient, the company has now developed its own OB kits in order to be less dependent on third-party providers and to be able to use the same setup for events other than the IPL.

Lawo technology has been involved in IPL transmissions before, for example when it was first broadcast in 5.1 surround in 2015, when mc²56 broadcast mixers were used. The use of Lawo was then expanded to include eleven more mc²56 consoles and a number of Lawo V-pro8 video processors, creating an 8 × 8 video matrix and 384 × 384 audio matrix, Dolby E encoding / decoding and inexpensive SDI embedding / de-coding -Embedding were provided.

Star TV is producing the IPL broadcasts in a new direction. The centerpiece is a 48-fader Lawo mc²56 audio console, which was ordered at the end of 2018 and installed in January 2019.

The initial installation for Star TV included a Lawo Compact Core, configured for routing, equipped with three DSP cards, a Ravenna card for the IP connection of a Lawo Dallis I / O unit, a Dante card for connection to external ones Dante devices and a Madi card with AES In / Out for internal and external connections such as MAdi to the V-pro8.
The Dallis I / O-Frame in the studio supports 48 microphone / line inputs, 48 ​​line outputs and 16 AES inputs / outputs. The setup also uses Lawo's V-pro8 video processing toolkit for audio de-embedding / embedding, as well as a Dolby E option for surround productions.

The numbers for the 2018 IPL season show that the total number of viewers has increased by 40% from around 500 million in 2017, with the number of online views more than doubling. Together with the champions of the 2018 season, the Chennai Super Kings, Lawo is already looking forward to another successful IPL season.