Convergent serves up in-stadium IPTV for 2014 World Cup
Gabriel Miramar-Garcia
| 16 June 2014
Convergent Media Systems has designed and installed IPTV systems that are being used in two of the key stadiums hosting the FIFA 2014 World Cup tournament. Convergent will also be responsible for the ongoing monitoring of the systems during the World Cup.

The IPTV system was designed to deliver targeted programming and content to fans inside the stadium. The Convergent team provided a turnkey solution, which included system design, procurement, integration, testing, installation, quality assurance and ongoing technical support.

The system will reach more than 74,000 fans across 400 televisions in the Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro, which is the host stadium and location of the World Cup finals. The system is also being utilised in the Estadio Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, where it will be seen by over 58,000 fans on 250 televisions.

"We're proud to showcase our capabilities during the world's most prominent sporting event," said Gary Cavey, president and CEO of Convergent parent Ballantyne Strong. "Our engineering and technical support teams have done an amazing job of designing and maintaining a reliable solution that will engage fans no matter where they are in the stadium."