The kick-off to the 2012-13 season marked the beginning of a new cycle of broadcast agreements for the French League, with two main domestic rights holders – Canal + and beIN Sport – both enjoying a variety of rights, including production rights.
Following four years of productive collaboration with HBS, the French Football League (the Ligue de Football Professionnel, or LFP) decided to reiterate its trust in HBS by extending a number of the company’s missions within this new framework.
It was decided that the HBS “quality control unit” would monitor the conformity and quality of match feeds provided by broadcasters as well as the proper delivery of images to the LFP’s media rights holders. HBS was further chosen to provide and manage a “webserver service” containing live coverage of all of its various competitions’ matches (and additional angles on a slightly delayed basis), for the benefit of League members.
HBS was also made responsible for managing the onsite staff (known as “Media Managers”) who handle the proper coordination of all media activity at the stadiums on match days and liaise with the HBS quality control unit.
The LFP further tasked HBS France Production* with additional complementary missions, such as the supervision of the infrastructure relating to all audiovisual aspects of the stadiums of French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 (first and second divisions) clubs and – as a sign of its commitment to the development of professional clubs and their stadiums among others in the context of the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2016 – the optimisation of their broadcast infrastructure in order to be able to get the very best out of modern and future broadcast equipment.
All of the above missions have since been renewed until the end of the 2019-2020 season.
* HBS France Production is the branch of HBS created in 2008, at the start of HBS’ partnership with the LFP. Its mission is to handle all aspects of the relationship between the two organisations.