Superbike World Championship: Mediaset network airs more than 270 live hours

Beginning Saturday February 21 2015, Mediaset is currently broadcasting exclusively free to air and always live the entire season of the Superbike World Championship (SBK), which includes free practice, qualifying practice, warm up and races in all three categories; Championship of Superbike, Supersport and Superstock 600 and 1000. All this adds up to a total of 14 hours of live direct broadcasting per weekend.

A ‘big circus’ is guaranteed by the team of over 30 people, including journalists, producers, directors and operators on the track for every grand round from Mediaset. The engines started on Saturday February 21 with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

The Mediaset Italia2 network broadcasts exclusively free to air and live all motorcycle weekends in the three categories involved in the competition, from the free practice to the races. In addition there is a magazine broadcast in the late evening with debate and analysis on the two days of racing.

Italia1 network broadcast exclusive live and in high definition coverage in HD (channel 506), Superpole and the races of the Superbike and Supersport. All qualification, warm up and races are in 16: 9.

The novelty of the season is that all motorcycle enthusiasts can be part of the Superbike Mediaset team: anyone, writing to the official accounts Sportmediaset, on Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag #sbksportmediaset, can interact live with commentary and with the journalists in the pits and ask questions that are delivered directly to the protagonists. On we can follow in live streaming the entire weekend of the Superbike World Championship in simulcast with Italia 1 and Italia 2.

Each event, once completed, is available online at any time with stories, interviews and complete competitions.

Web engagement is greatly enhanced thanks to so that for each round, real-time updates on all the international motorsport scene are guaranteed with sections devoted to Superbike, Formula 1, MotoGP and other engines, with news, seasonal statistics and insights through the Grand Prix blog.

The ‘Struttura Motori’ of Videonews is composed of Director Claudio Brachino, Department Leader Fabio Pravettoni, Executive Producer Andrea Cavalli, Production Manager Alberto Bianchi, Head of Journalistic Luca Budel, Head of Multimedia Mario Piraccini, and the national direction of Andrea Miglio.

Fabio Pravettoni told us: “All events are managed in the Superbike official feed directly from Dorna, the international TV rights holder, and in all events Mediaset with its ‘Struttura Motori dept’ takes the field with different technical means for customization”.

“To this end, the Regia HD has four cameras and stereo audio, namely three shoulder-operated cameras with optical 5.2 and RF links (RF systems are by the subsidiary specialising in high frequency EI Towers) plus one camera with fixed position and wide angle optics in the commentary booth.

“For recording purposes a 6-channel (n ° 4 IN – 2 OUT) EVS system was chosen and the many ancillary devices are one ISDN hybrid, one analogue hybrid, and one P2 recorder/player.

“Directly from host broadcaster Dorna, three iso cam signals arrive and there is a chance to receive and manage four pages of race timing. Two ENG crews are always on the move recording P2 images with 18x opticals (one wide optical and one 33x). In addition to handheld and clip wireless microphones two stands and two led lights are used.

“Communications are managed on fibre optics for about 800m to enslave with the audio and video commentary booth located in the cabins of the circuit. On-site there is also an editing station with Apple Final Cut and video capture card,” said Pravettoni.

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