Minister Stephen Farry joined film students at South Eastern Regional College’s Ballynahinch campus on Thursday to celebrate the launch of the groundbreaking internet television channel Circuitofireland.tv.
The project is the brainchild of Bobby Willis (director of Circuit of Ireland), with the help of Tyndall Productions, and the students of NI Film School who’ve played a pivotal role in the development of the innovative channel. It will stream live footage and programming from the Easter Stages Rally in real time, across the world, on Saturday 30th March.
The concept is a significant development for motorsport and will enable unrestricted opportunities to watch the live rally action as it unfolds, while projecting images of Northern Ireland’s stunning countryside all around the globe.
The channel will be aired for 12 hours from 9am until 9pm on www.circuitofireland.tv from a purpose-built, industry-standard studio at the Millbrook Lodge Hotel in Ballynahinch. Well known RPM broadcasters Alan Tyndall and Pamela Ballantine will anchor the programme.
Programming will include live-streamed footage from the rally stages including ‘on location’ reportage from the start in Lisburn, and the finish in Ballynahinch; capturing and transmitting all the energy of the event.
An additional six cameras will be located within one of the stages, providing almost one mile of live coverage from a specially selected stretch of road. Viewers will be in for a real treat with the opportunity to see competitors tackle four massive jumps, a tight hairpin, as well as a mixture of other challenges; all set against Northern Ireland’s lush and dramatic landscape.
Rally result updates will also be broadcast every 30 minutes on the channel and it will include interviews and other rally features.
The Easter Stages Rally replaces the Circuit of Ireland International Rally, which was postponed for 2013.
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