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On 23 June 2018, Fishing TV brought together anglers from around the globe for the first-ever World Fishing Day. Broadcasting live for more than 24 hours from 19 locations, Fishing TV created the biggest fishing show of all time and certainly one of the biggest livestream events. Powering it all at each location were Garland-provided LiveU portable transmission solutions, all brought together for Fishing TV at Trickbox TV’s studios in London.
The goal for Fishing TV was to showcase the diversity of fishing cultures and opportunities the world has to offer.
“We wanted to create a way to celebrate the joys of angling, bring new people into the sport, and highlight the incredible power of angling to make positive changes in the world and in people’s lives,” says Ed Burgass, Commercial Director of Fishing TV.
Coverage started in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and then followed the sun around the world, ending with coverage from Alaska. In the UK, a roving unit visited several of the 30-plus events organised by the Angling Trust, all designed to get people to try fishing.
“We streamed for up to five hours from each site, focussing on the most iconic and popular sport fish in each location,” states Ed. “We also looked at conservation issues and the work of charities and organisations in using fishing to promote healthy lifestyles, mental wellbeing, and an understanding of nature.”
The live feeds featured local fishing experts and celebrities, and included special one-off 24-hour episodes of some favourite fishing shows, interspersed with in studio chat and video footage. Viewers joined the action via the FishingTV platform, available as an app for smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes, and online.
“Fishing TV used a LiveU unit at each location,” explains Matthew Stringer, Sales Manager at Garland. “Weighing around 1 kg (2.2 lbs), LiveU’s unit combines affordability, high performance and portability — just what’s needed for a global broadcast of this size.”
“This exciting project relied on the highest quality technology,” adds Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV. “As well as providing our central London TV studios, Trickbox enabled continuous coverage of the live feeds over 24 hours, broadcasting to the Fishing TV platform. It’s an event fishing fans around the world wouldn’t want to miss.”
Once the LiveU content was brought in-house to Trickbox studio, the team created a single channel output that was sent out into a Media Excel transcoder. The transcoder provided separate inputs of the Fishing TV content so they could provide multi-bitrate streams of the live content to Facebook and YouTube.
“Such fast-paced live broadcast dispels the myth that fishing isn’t exciting, as our live anglers pitted their skills against some of the hardest-fighting fish in the most incredible locations on the planet,” says Ed.