All the emotions, adrenaline, excitement, joy and disappointment are conveyed through the international signal transmitted by Infront/SVT as the event’s host broadcaster (HB), a partnership between Infront Sports, the TV and marketing rights holder of Åre 2019, and SVT, Swedish National Television.
- The partnership between Infront Sports and SVT is leading the way in the production of large and small events in an environment friendly way. The host broadcast production will never look the same again after these Championships, said Adde Granberg, Host Broadcast Producer for Åre 2019.
To enable 53 hours of live coverage from Åre, a total of 155 SVT staff are involved in the production. What’s different about Åre 2019 is that it can fit in a rear hatchback car and uses less power than an average house in Sweden in a year (12 000 kWh).
Infront/SVT’s production concept sets a new standard in the broadcasting of major sports events. Instead of the traditional methods, SVT decided to execute Åre 2019 as remote production. This means that the 2019 Championships have the most environmentally friendly TV production in history.
Remote production offers various benefits. Instead of the traditional solution of two semi-trailers running on diesel fuel and providing power for on-site production in Åre, most production is done in SVT’s offices in Stockholm powered by renewable energy, with diesel generators only as a back-up in the (unlikely) event of a power failure.
The 76 cameras on the competition slopes in Åre are also very energy-efficient. Previously, more than 125 amperes of voltage were required to power the production of the international signal with a diesel generator providing a 24/7 back-up. Event the technical power still needed on-site in Åre is run entirely on Ecopar, a low CO2 fuel alternative.
In addition, there are 25% fewer SVT staff on-site in Åre as 35 of them are working back in Stockholm instead. This leads to a reduced carbon footprint in terms of travel, accommodation and other emissions.
The smaller amount of equipment on the slopes also makes it much faster to pack up. The equipment used for at Åre 2019 will be transported to Östersund where the IBU Biathlon World Championships 2019 will begin on 7 March. The transfer is expected to take 1-2 days as opposed to weeks previously.
Thanks to the enhanced fiber capacity on the slopes jointly installed by SkiStar, Åre 2019 and SVT, and an expanded fiber network provided by Telia, the delivery of wonderful images from Åre to audience around the world operates with much less power.
SVT is pushing the bar much higher with the HB operations at Åre 2019 and they are indeed already looking into a future with even more sustainable production options.
- If Sweden were to host the Olympic Winter Games 2026, we are ready and experienced to deliver TV production in the most effective and sustainable way possible. The remote production of Åre by SVT is a massive step closer to cloud production which is likely to be possible in near future, added Adde Granberg.