Channel 4 have established themselves a deal which gives them the entire UK horseracing terrestrial rights for 2013-2016.
This new deal will see the Crown Jewel racing events join the already established horseracing events on Channel 4, offering viewers a potential 90 days of coverage every year. The Grand National, The Derby and Royal Ascot were all formerly televised on BBC, but from now will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 4.
Broadcast RF have been commissioned to supply all of the RF facilities for the Channel 4 horseracing events, with it all scheduled to get under way on New Year’s Day at Cheltenham. Unfortunately, Cheltenham was postponed thanks to a waterlogged course, and therefore the first event of the 2013 calendar year was Sandown, on Saturday 5th January 2013.
Four long term RF systems have been provided on a long term basis. Should more than four systems be required for any particular event, we have made it an easy addition to the existing receive infrastructure. Each wireless camera system can be utilised in various ways and used in various different roving or static camera scenarios. The receive infrastructure has the facility to expand the working area of any of the RF cameras and includes an intelligent way of selecting the best antennas best suited for any of the cameras positions anyway, in and around the course. The new and improved RF systems were first used on Saturday 5th January at Sandown Park Racecourse for the Morning Line, where we managed to provide unbroken coverage from the Stable Lads Tea Room, which would never have worked with the standard receive set up.
The race director and producers of the show, were ecstatic at the results of the first race and more than satisfied with the results that are achieved through the work of Broadcast RF.