ESC 2016 Comms & Signal Distribution

For the 11th consecutive year, Riedel equipped the European Song Contest with a temporary pro audio and signal installation. Their on-site engineering team supported commentary, intercom, signal distribution, and radio communications.

ESC 2016 Fiber Backbone

For the final competition in May, Riedel supplied a robust fiber-based backbone, built on the company’s MediorNet real-time media network solutions, and a TETRA digital radio system that spanned four venues to ensure smooth production of three live broadcasts to an audience of 204 million viewers.

» We worked closely with Riedel again this year to ensure that we could bring off this immensely popular — and exceedingly complex — live production without a hitch. «

Claude Houdet, Sales / Project Manager / NEP Sweden

ESC 2016 Riedel on location

With a team counting 15 engineers, Riedel supported their client NEP Sweden AB, producer of the show’s world feed on behalf of Swedish broadcaster SVT, deploying a 50-node MediorNet backbone with three interconnected MetroN core routers in a combined mesh-star topology that ensured the high redundancy required for the event.

ESC 2016 MediorNet MicroN

MediorNet MicroN media distribution devices and Modular systems allowed for flexible signal transport not only across Stockholm’s Globe Arena but also between all buildings involved in the event including the 2016 Eurovision Press Center located at the nearby Hovet Arena, the Annexet Arena, which housed the Delegation Area, and the Eurovision Party location Tele2 Arena.

ESC 2016 Riedel Network

The Riedel network carried all video streams including the feeds for the commentary monitors and for displays and projectors in the Globe Arena. 36 Commentary booths for various countries were equipped with Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom commentary panels. Further event production aspects interlinked by Riedel were, among others, critical control points for sound, lighting, and pyrotechnics.

ESC 2016 Mobile Radios

The TETRA radio system spanned all four venues and linked 300 radios (with headsets), while there were nearly 50 analogue radios in use. Production service provider NEP Sweden AB broadcasted the Eurovision Song Contest from its OB van HD 1 that is likewise equipped with Riedel’s MediorNet and Artist systems.

ESC 2016