The 2018 FIFA World Cup television broadcast was live streamed in HD quality to an international audience, successfully, as a result of Boom Lab’s experience with very high traffic live sporting events. Boom Labs configured cloud transcoding for the online broadcast by utilising Glue Media Publishing System. Boom Lab’s live event production team configured high availability infrastructure on Amazon AWS with load balancing and video distribution via Cloudfront CDN to support a very large viewer audience. To protect the FIFA World Cup content all live streams were published with geo-filtering and geo-blocking rules consequently the viewer would receive an alternative content replacement or block access message based on the viewers specific location.
The FIFA source video streams were ingested from broadcast head-end and transcoded for cross device playback in HLS and MPEG DASH formats so content was viewable on all devices. Boom Labs configured the video player with Chromecast and Airplay support to allow viewing on Smart TVs. Matches were live recorded to on-demand and as a result matches were available for instant playback.
Boom Labs continued its blockbuster record of delivering very high traffic sporting events with zero service outages. Our track record for successfully broadcasting sport events now includes the Rio Olympics, Commonwealth Games, AESAN Games, Suzuki Cup and for a second time, the FIFA World Cup.