Television Technical Standards

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4.1 General

TV agreements, based on the current FIS TV rules, with an agency or TV company must observe the FIS TV Guidelines regarding production quality and TV transmission of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup events included in the FIS calendar.

4.2 Standard Definition Technical Specification All FIS Freestyle Skiing events must reach as a minimum standard the agreed SMPTE 259M standard which describes a 10bit serial digital interface operating at 270Mbit/s. In Europe, the variant is SMPTE 259M-C with 625 lines per frame, supporting both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios.

In North America or Japan the variant is also SMPTE 259M-C with 525 lines per frame and supports both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios.

4.3 High Definition Technical Specification This is the preferred production standard for FIS Freestyle Skiing events, and in which case, the agreed standard is SMPTE 292M HD SDI operating at 1.485Gbits/s. As part of the rights holding agreement with all broadcasters the multilateral signal should be available as a minimum requirement as a SMPTE 259M SD (4:3 aspect ratio) standard. The agreed television standard will be documented in advance of the competition and specific arrangements will be considered on a case by case basis.

4.4 Audio Specification Audio line- up signals are defined as -18dbfs and must be produced as a stereo international pair. An international signal does not and will not include voice over or commentary in any language.

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