28th SEA Games

Working as production partner of MediaCorp – the Host Broadcaster and Media Partner of the 28th SEA Games – HBS’ operation in Singapore covered production, the IBC, venue operations, booking and broadcast information distribution.

The Games officially began on 5 June with an Opening Ceremony hosted at the Singapore National Stadium, and ran until the Closing Ceremony on 16 June – although several events will began their programme at venues around Singapore before the Opening Ceremony.

In total there were 36 sports and disciplines included in the 28th SEA Games. These were: Aquatics (Diving, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo), Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing, Cue Sports, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Floorball, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Netball, Petanque, Pencak Silat, Rowing, Rugby 7’s, Sailing, Sepaktakraw, Shooting, Softball, Squash, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Traditional Boat Race, Triathlon, Volleyball, Waterski and Wushu.

On the production side of the project, live production – or extended highlights – were provided for 14 of the 36 disciplines included in the competition schedule. The remainder weree covered by ENG teams and incorporated into daily highlights programming. An overall SEA Games event highlights show will also be produced at the end of the event.

Furthermore, vignettes showcasing Singapore’s culture, life and sporting facilities were produced before the event for promotional purposes while on-screen graphics and opening and closing title sequences were prepared in advance of the competition.

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) was located a short walking distance from the Sports Hub cluster of venues and HBS’ construction team oversaw the allocation and construction of Rights Holding Broadcasters’ unilateral facilities as well as multilateral areas such as the Contibution, Distribution and Transmission Room (CDT), Central Equipment Room (CER) and the Central Information Counter (CIC).

Events covered live, or with extended highlights, at selected competition venues had unilateral venue services available and managed by HBS at those locations. Broadcast Venue Managers (BVMs) handled all broadcast activities at venues, multilateral and unilateral, while access to bookable services such as stand-up and mixed zone positions and unilateral camera positions were managed by experienced HBS venue staff.

The Broadcaster Rate Card and the booking of IBC space and venue services was managed by the HBS Booking department while the generation and distribution of broadcast information completed the range of services provided by HBS.

Facts and Figures

  • 19 days of coverage and over 490 hours of transmission time
  • Live coverage of 14 sports / disciplines
  • ENG coverage of 25 sports
  • Live coverage of remaining five sports by RHB Production Pool members
  • 12-daily highlights shows and a 104-minute final highlights programme
  • 8 Broadcast installations
  • 9 Venue Stand-up positions
  • 320 media seats
  • 92 unilateral (ENG) camera positions
  • Approx 538 hours of transmissions booked by RHBs
  • 364 total number of transmissions booked
  • 26 bookings for fully-equipped positions
  • 140 Broadcaster Handbooks
  • 24 RHB Daily Newsletters
  • 25 Flash Bulletins 
  • Approx. 200 files uploaded to SEA Games Downloads platform
  • 2,100m² International Broadcast Centre (IBC)
  • 1,000 m from IBC to Singapore Sports Hub
  • 550 m² unilateral space constructed at IBC
  • 700 m² multilateral space constructed / in use
  • 14 m² (smallest unilateral area)
  • 120 m² (largest unilateral area)
  • 8 redundant venue contribution circuits (HD-SDI)
  • 2 Beauty Camera shots 
  • Multilateral feed package: 13 feeds (switched on a daily basis)
  • Unilateral uplink service (10 channels AsiaSat)
  • 30 km broadcast cables (HB – 14 km; RHBs – 16 km)
  • Media server (750h @ HiRes)
  • 3 edit suites (Adobe Premiere CC)
  • 13 logging stations / 5 browsing stations / 2 play out stations
  • 4 ENG crews
  • 3 x 40 foot containers of CDT equipment