Pro Kabaddi League, how was the action was made possible


Star Sports is working with digital service provider Tata Communications and NEP Broadcast Solutions to enable the niche production of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), with the finals ended in 5th Jan 2019 and Bengaluru Bulls being the champion.

The audience crowded PKL, is eclipsed in India as a sports league only by the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament.

The action was streamed across six channels and in five languages – Star Sports English, Star Sports Hindi, Star Sports First, Star Sports 1 (Tamil), Star Suvarna Plus (Kannada) and Star Maa Gold (Telugu).

During each fixture, the remote production team – comprising the expert team – operates out of Star Sports facility in Mumbai. The production crew, along with NEP’s engineering team – comprising cameramen, sound assistants, talent producers and the production management – where on-site.

Working together, they delivered the kabaddi action in real-time to more than 200 million viewers using Tata Communications’ Video Connect network. It transmits signals and camera feeds from each match smoothly due to its ultra-low, four-frames-per-second latency and hitless switching capacity.

Star Sports produced both the world feed and regional language feeds of each match using NEP’s flight pack Broadcast Lite.

It’s only the second time Star Sports has joined hands with Tata Communications and NEP for remote production, following its coverage last year of all 60 matches in the 50-day IPL season.


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