Case Study: The Haringey Box Cup with London Live

The Haringey Box Cup is a international amateur boxing tournament that features 500 male and female competitors over three days. WilkieTV delivered four live channels of boxing from Alexandra Palace, in partnership with London Live.

WilkieTV simultaneously live streamed 4 boxing rings on behalf of London Live, by supplying four of our live multi-camera HD PPUs, crew and engineering support across five days. Our handling of the streamlined ringside production enabled London Live to focus their resources on producing an additional slick six hour live televised broadcast on the Sunday.

The Sunday featured a six hour live broadcast on London Live hosted by Charlie Webster The Sunday featured a six hour live broadcast on London Live

Three hotheads, a commentator cam and one on-shoulder camera covers Ring 1 Three hotheads, a commentator cam and one on-shoulder camera covers Ring 1

WilkieTV produced previously untapped content direct from each ring across the three days of quarters, semis and finals. Our solution allowed London Live and the event organisers to directly reach more fans with more content in an innovative and exciting way.

Each of the four boxing rings was treated as an individual mini production, with a self-contained fly-away setup. This consisted of one of our multi-skilled vision mixers who were responsible for directing, mixing, keeping time, and controlling both on-screen graphics and three MRMC robotic heads fitted with Nikon D4 DSLR cameras. The hotheads allowed operators to recall a number of pre-set positions for each ring without requiring a large number of additional camera crew on-site for the event. In addition, traditional cameras were used on Ring 1 and as roaming RF cameras to provide additional angles and footage for EVS for the main broadcast.

Video on each ring was routed through one of our PPUs, which include full dynamic on-screen graphics support, VT playout and multi-track recording all packed into a single flyaway rack case. Ambient sound and live commentary was also captured on each ring and processed using our digital mixers and DANTE network. A custom graphics interface was provided that tied into both the WilkieTV graphics playout systems and the steward's scoring and participant management software. This allowed the ring directors to quickly pull up the name, bios and scores of each boxer into dynamic on-screen graphics.

Production was designed to be handled by a single operator to reduce costs whilst still keeping a high quality production. The two on-site WilkieTV engineers provided full support as required and were also responsible for all setup and de-rig of the event, including integration with a fifth Outside Broadcast vehicle used to produce London Live's marathon six hour coverage on the Sunday afternoon.

Finally, as well as recording each bout across the three days in full HD ProRes, each ring was streaming directly to YouTube using hardware-based H.264 encoders.

With each bout being clipped straight to YouTube as soon as it finished, in total we completed over 87 hours of live broadcast and almost 5,000 minutes of action across 290 bouts. This directly available content was shared across social media by fans and contestants, driving tens of thousands of views to the London Live YouTube Channel within hours of each day's events finishing.

Each of the four boxing rings ran as an individual production Each of the four boxing rings ran as an individual production

One of the team creating the submix for an individual ring One of the team creating the submix for an individual ring

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