Paris, 1 July 2004 – Leading satellite services company GlobeCast announced today that it will deploy nine SNG (satellite newsgathering) trucks on location during the 2004 Tour de France to secure live transmissions, including world feed delivery, of the international cycling race for the Tour de France organizer A.S.O. (Amaury Sport Organisation), EBU (the European Broadcasting Union), francetélévisions, and Intelsat on behalf of OLN (Outdoor Life Network). The 2004 Tour de France takes place 3-25 July.

GlobeCast’s SNG teams will mobilize at each stage of the Tour de France, providing both satellite and microwave trucks to transmit world feed footage from location to mobile studio facilities located at the finish line in Paris. The world feed is being filmed by SFP (Société Française de Production) on behalf of world feed producer francetélévisions. Up to 16 channels will be available from the GlobeCast field SNG units, which will also accommodate broadcasters’ unilateral feeds.

From the finish line studio, fiber will carry the produced world feed signal to four stationary SNG trucks dedicated to A.S.O., EBU, francetélévisions and Intelsat for OLN, furnished by GlobeCast for the entirely of the race. Additionally, GlobeCast will manage 24/7 booking and global satellite distribution to supply rightsholders throughout Asia, America and Australia.

The Tour de France is just one of the world’s major sporting events covered by GlobeCast every year. This operation illustrates GlobeCast’s experience in mobile satellite delivery and turnkey special events production.

GIobeCast (www.globecast.com) – a subsidiary of France Telecom – is the world’s leading satellite services company, operating a global network of satellite distribution platforms for DTH and cable broadcast, enterprise media and advanced IP-based content delivery. The company’s global presence includes 17 offices as well as 15 teleports and technical operations centers throughout America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. GlobeCast offers the complete range of satellite broadcast solutions, including TV channel distribution, secure satellite Internet delivery, webcasting, satellite newsgathering, direct-to-home distribution, sports programming backhaul, program origination, studio production, special events mobile production and audio distribution.

GlobeCast Contact:

Lucy Smith
lucy.smith@globecast.com
+33 1 55 95 26 10

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