In Japan, it is common for each company to specialize in just one of the numerous tasks in the production chain. In particular, production companies create the content while service providers manage only the infrastructure to deliver the video. This is quite different from the situation in western countries, where SNGs carry a considerable amount of video equipment to enable both video production and delivery all in a single truck. Our goal is to follow such international practices and cover demands far beyond simple video delivery.
From setting up live report venues, to arranging the signal path to deliver video to your destination, we meet any and all of your demands to deliver video from or to Japan.
Reports on the Tohoku Earthquake
Reporters of foreign broadcasters who come to Japan to cover breaking news don't usually have time to plan in advance how to send their reports back to their stations. Visiting crews are sometimes so limited in resources that they don't even have their own cameraman.
An example in point is the Tohoku Earthquake which shook Japan on March 11, 2011. WARD's SNG entered Sendai where towns along the coast were damaged or washed away by the tsunami.
Reporters visiting from all over the world to cover the event could share our uplink, rapidly taking turns to make their live reports. The destination to deliver the reports also changed minute by minute—North America, Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, etc. We were able to quickly design the signal route for each client, enabling them to successfully deliver timely reports on the status of northeast Japan.
FIBA Basketball, FIVB Volleyball World Championships
When sports events as large as world championships are held in Japan, the preliminary rounds often take place simultaneously in multiple venues throughout the nation. For these events, WARD has provided a maximum of 5 SNGs to cover matches held in Sapporo, Hamamatsu, Hiroshima, Fukuoka and other cities.
During the Basketball World Championship in 2006, the semi-final and final matches ended with surprising results. Even the press following the winning teams suddenly found themselves ill-prepared to deliver an unplanned-for series of live reports at the winner's reception, which was held in a hotel located in a developed area where there was no clearance toward the desired satellite.
Thanks to our experience, flexibility and ingenuity, we could suggest uplinking the signal to a domestic satellite that was reachable from the hotel, and then turning it around within Japan to reach the international satellite on the second hop.
With this successful path design, the press was able deliver their vlive reports, making it possible for the citizens of the winning team's country to share in the joy and spirit at the reception in real-time.