The Euro 2016 football tournament is up and running, with France edging to victory, England snatching a draw from the jaws of victory, and Germany winning. Plus ça change.
V3 took a trip to Paris ahead of the event to see behind the scenes at the UEFA broadcast centre that manages the delivery of footage to over 150 million viewers for every match.
The centre is based in the heart of Paris at a specially constructed wooden village that took three months to build. It hosts everything from the IT support, to the main match control centre (seen below) where all the camera feeds are monitored.
There are 42 cameras at each stadium, all delivering video to the control room where editors dictate which view is shown at any moment.
Broadcasters from around the world have their own studios at the facility where staff deliver the programmes to specific audiences, using the video feeds, data and graphics supplied by UEFA.
Below is the BBC booth. TV, eh? Not as glamorous as you might think.
Over 1,200 of the 2,800 staff on site perform IT-related tasks, underlining just how critical technology is in keeping everything running smoothly, from ticket sales to website hosting.
As with the Olympics, the various companies providing the tech behind the games, such as Deltatre and Interoute, work alongside each other so that any problems can be dealt with promptly. Below Daniel Marion, head of ICT for UEFA, makes sure his staff are hard at work as kick-off approaches.
However, staff can't work too hard because strict French working hours laws mean that as many as three members of staff are needed for each role every day. Inspectors have already visited on several occasions to ensure that staff are not working longer than the legal limit of 35 hours a week.
UEFA set up a huge satellite dish farm on-site to broadcast the footage all over the world. The entire facility is powered by generators, rather than grid electricity, so that it won't be affected by a power cut.
A second site 150km away provides resilience in the system if anything goes wrong on-site, or if a storm affects satellite signal delivery.
The entire construction, planned for five years and built in three months, will be operational for just one month before it's all packed away.
The next European Championships will be held across multiple nations at different stadiums, so UEFA and its IT contractors will have to start thinking differently about how to manage the broadcast. For now, though, all eyes are on France.
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