2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

The 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup™ took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. The project offered a distinct logistical challenge, given the size of the country in comparison to the previous FIFA World Cups™ to which HBS has been assigned as host broadcaster.

The Production Plan built on the success and experience of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups™, providing MRLs with programming that met the highest standards of quality and innovation. A 34-camera plan was used, with two new reverse-angle 6 m cameras – SSM and mainly used for replays – bringing the number up from the 32 used in 2010. A cable camera system and an aerial (helicopter) camera was also deployed for all matches (venue infrastucture permitting)

The ‘Second Screen’ experience – which relates to methods of watching FIFA World Cup™ coverage by non-traditional means such as mobile, laptop or tablet computer – was also a major development. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ was a global multimedia event and the Second Screen user was not bound by the constraints of a TV schedule. Such an event, where so much content is produced already and can be made available to MRLs instantly through the FIFA MAX Server, was the ideal platform for FIFA and HBS to deliver an increased package of multimedia content to rights holders.

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ was located at the Riocentro exhibition complex in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro.

HBS assisted both FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) in the bidding and selection process by ensuring that the bidding cities prepared suitable offers, covering all aspects necessary to the construction of a successful IBC. During the event the IBC served as the headquarters for FIFA TV, HBS, FBST, other FIFA Family members and the Media Rights Licensees. To accommodate all IBC users, Halls 3, 4 and 5 of the Riocentro complex were used with 8,305 m2 used for multilateral areas and 13,225 m2 used for unilateral areas.

Facts & Figures

  • 11 Feeds per match (excluding Isolated Feeds)
  • 5,000+ hours of coverage
  • 800 hours of EBIF pre-match, half-time and post-match programming
  • 150 Match Analysis Features
  • 90 Match Aerial Compilations
  • 64 MD-1 live coverage from venue, 128 MD-1 Highlights packages/MD-1 Edits
  • Up to 4,500 hours of content delivered to FIFA MAX (Match Feeds and post-produced content)
  • Average of 2,300 log entries per match
  • 54,000 m2 combined compound space
  • 86 media organisations with IBC space
  • 17 TV Studios at IBC
  • 400 m2 largest TV Studio at IBC
  • 2,000 m2 Production Centre