15th Asian Games Doha 2006

Working in partnership with TWI, now IMG Media, HBS answered the call from Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) to provide the host broadcast solution for the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006. Doha Asian Games Broadcast Services (DAGBS), the organisation created with the single-purpose of hosting the 15th Asian Games, represented a unique joint venture between two industry leaders. Such a pooling of resources and knowledge was necessary for the host broadcast of the 15th Asian Games – the largest at the time in terms of investment, number of participants, number of sports and in terms of the overall broadcast quality.

An important milestone along the journey was the successful delivery of the 3rd West Asian Games Doha 2005 by DAGOC and DAGBS in December 2005. This event acted as an opportunity to test various methods and principles and to put the HBS and TWI cooperation into action, as well as providing top-class HDTV pictures of the competition.

A full digital 16/9 production was provided for all events, with over 30 production crews, close to 650 cameras and renowned directors from around the world taking part to ensure the highest quality coverage. The scope of the project meant that for the most part, equipment had to be sourced from overseas. Weighing in at over 500 tonnes, the Games saw the largest collection of ‘fly-away’ equipment assembled at one location in broadcasting history.

The operation also allowed for some innovative cameras to be showcased, with many being seen by the public for the first time at the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006. The pioneering use of DVB-T based low latency radio frequency link systems allowed for exceptionally stable pictures to be delivered from bikes, boats and helicopters. Meanwhile, inside venues, such as the Aspire halls, the use of the Indoor Camera Envelope (ICE) gave viewers exciting wide shots from high above the competition area while the aquatic events benefitted from the Plungecam, Periscope cam and Halibut underwater camera among others.

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC), designed, constructed, fitted and operated by DAGBS, was located in the Qatar International Exhibition Centre (QIEC). Covering an area of 10,000 m², it included 19 Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) areas, 12 television studios, 2,500 m² of multilateral production areas and two satellite farms.

Facts and Figures:

  • Produced over 2,000 hours of coverage
  • Estimated cumulative audience of 1.5 billion
  • 450 tonnes of broadcast equipment shipped to Doha
  • 2,200 accredited DAGBS staff from 55 countries
  • 10,000 m² IBC floor space
  • 150 km of cabling
  • 170 monitors in the Technical and Production Centres
  • 12 TV studios
  • 2 Satellite Farms