UEFA delivers TOCs at all ten EURO 2016 venues using Gearhouse Broadcast

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UEFA has selected Gearhouse Broadcast to deliver their Technical Operations Centres (TOCs) and Cable Interconnection Room (CIR) as part of their comprehensive installation at each of the ten EURO 2016 venues located in Paris, Saint-Denis, Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. Gearhouse broadcast has also provided a special cameras and EVS slow-motion operations facility at each venue.

At each TOC, Gearhouse Broadcast has installed around 100km of high quality fibre cable. Each TOC is responsible for distribution of the live stadium – or ‘world’ – feed from each venue to the IBC for worldwide distribution. The venue TOC also passes the feed to the nearby CIR where it is distributed direct to UEFA broadcast partners with an on-venue unilateral presence. The CIR is a cable interface hub, which acts as the central demarcation point at each venue.

The stadium special cameras facility is responsible for receiving feeds from the UEFA helicopter camera, in-goal cameras, handheld radio frequency cameras and the stadium ‘beauty’ shots located high above each stadium. These feeds are racked and then distributed to UEFA’s multilateral and FANtertainment outside broadcast (OB) vans. The space also supplies all of the racks and monitoring for the on-site EVS replay area that houses all of the XT servers used for the live production.

UEFA EURO 2016 runs from 10 June to 10 July in France and features 24 of Europe’s leading international football teams.


On 31 October 2019, the four leading broadcast and production houses Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment owned by Gravity Media Group started trading under the brand name of ‘Gravity Media’. All Gravity Media companies around the world are making this transition and will now go to market as a single brand with a bold new look and purpose.

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Gravity Media is a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors. We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites.

We are driven by client service excellence, and we never stand still. We’re always looking and listening, keeping up with the latest broadcast innovations – or pioneering them. Above all, we channel our energy into maintaining our reputation for flawless execution, deep technical expertise, and efficient delivery.

Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.

At the centre of Gravity Media lie three broad categories of expertise: media services & facilitiesproduction & content; and equipment rental & sales.

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