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Crocmedia Broadcasts the Big Game with ViA

Minnesota, USA to Melbourne, Australia - 9,395 miles flawlessly over IP!

  ------ Craig Hutchison and Gerard Whateley at Radio Row
  Craig Hutchison and Gerard Whateley broadcast with ViA from Radio Row

Crocmedia’s Off The Bench radio show in Australia has traveled to radio row to cover the Super Bowl since 2012 and they went to Minnesota to broadcast in the lead-up to the game in 2018.

“This is regular gig for us and in the past we used Tieline i-Mix G3 codecs to broadcast live audio back to Australia over ISDN, but for the last two years we have used Tieline’s ViA over IP,” said George Biagioni, Crocmedia’s IT Broadcast Engineering Director. “We have purchased 5 Tieline ViA remote codecs and a Genie Distribution codec for our AFL nation show, which is syndicated nationally across Australia. We used one of these ViA codecs to go live from radio row in Minnesota and we also used it to call the game itself,” said George. “Craig Hutchison and Gerard Whateley were on the ground in Minnesota, and announcer Liam “Pickers” Pickering and Dr. Turf were at our Melbourne studio each day for the show in the lead up to the big game,” said George. “Audio from the guys in Minnesota was mixed with Pickers’ audio in Melbourne, so we needed very low latency audio communications between Melbourne and Minnesota to make it work.”

“The ViA codec connected flawlessly to our Genie Distribution codec in Melbourne and delivered very low latency audio between 60 and 100ms, for several hours of broadcasting each day over IP. It never missed a beat which was impressive”, said George.

ViA Saves the Day...

“Gerard also called the big game live back to Australia using the ViA,” said George. “We had been supplied an ISDN codec for play-by-play coverage, but we just couldn’t get it to reliably connect to our ISDN codec back in Australia. Luckily we had our Tieline ViA with us and it saved the day. We connected for four hours live over IP at 128kbps using Music PLUS encoding and it worked a treat.”

“We are constantly doing live remote broadcasts and ViA offers the flexibility we require to stream from dozens of locations across Australia,” said George. “The Australian Football League season starts again in March and ViA will be at the front line of our national coverage. ViA’s internal battery means we can broadcast from virtually anywhere for hours and we can stream using USB modems, Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections, so every option is covered.”