From Ismaning to the entire soccer republic – DAZN and PLAZAMEDIA were expanding their partnership in 2021: The world‘s leading sports platform has commissioned PLAZAMEDIA GmbH to produce numerous show formats in the DACH region. PLAZAMEDIA has created the “DAZN Space“ in Ismaning near Munich on a total of 470 square meters – a new, multifunctional broadcast environment that is home to four different sets. PLAZAMEDIA is responsible for the entire technical production implementation for DAZN.
Two high-resolution LED walls and several monitors in different sizes are installed in the decoration of the “DAZN Space“ – variable design and composition of images from delivered 16:9 and 9:16 content is possible during playout. The furniture installed in the set is equipped with moderation monitors, info displays and commentator units. In addition, tablets and laptops are used. The set design comes from the company FORMLESSNESS TO FORM. With regard to the lighting design, a total of 250 m of high-power LED strips and over 250 lamps are used in the decoration. The camera concept includes a Steadicam, three cameras on pump tripods with box optics and two remote-controlled, ceiling-mounted PTZ cameras.
A specially equipped dispatcher room is the editorial control center for the live broadcasts. All incoming live signals and the control room monitoring are displayed on a large monitor wall. Various intercoms in the dispatcher room can be used to communicate with all internal and external workstations – such as the OB trucks on site and the DAZN MCR (Master Control Room) in London.
PLAZAMEDIA operates an independent broadcast center for DAZN, where all content for DAZN‘s German-language OTT platform is produced. For live production, this includes high-performance production galleries, 15 live dubbing rooms, a central PCR (Production Control Room) as well as various editing suites and specially developed graphics and feed systems. The broadcast center forms a closely linked production unit with the studio control room and playout, where central functions can be shared and where live broadcast signals are available to all units. A production network enables fast file transfer between post-production, archive and storage systems, studio control room and the central ingest and outgest at the PCR.
The TV control room uses a Sony XVS 8000 video mixer with four mixing levels. For the production of the German Soccer Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League, all parallel live feeds are available in the control room. In addition to the broadcast signals, there is the option of integrating communication tools such as vMix Call, Skype, Zoom conferences and other social media and graphics applications.
The graphics concept includes real-time and analysis graphics for the broadcasts with systems from VIZRT, ChyronHego and Never.No. For visualization in the studio, the 9:16 format is the decisive style element. Various monitors in the studio as well as content on the LED walls are displayed on edge.