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J Sports to live telecast major US sports to TV viewers in Japan

By 15th September 2020 No Comments

The broadcaster is using the Switch’s fibre transport network to air live baseball, golf and wrestling to Japanese sports fans.

Japanese sports broadcaster J Sports is to air live telecasts of major US sports directly from American stadiums and arenas to viewers in Japan.

The move is being enabled through a partnership with live video delivery provider the Switch.

The Switch has installed a permanent transmit path from its New York Network Operations Centre to the J Sports’s Tokyo facility to feed Major League Baseball, PGA golf and WWE wrestling to Japanese fans.

The setup utilises the Switch’s fibre transport network for high-capacity, low-latency connectivity to arenas and stadiums and other leading international sports venues.

J Sports operates four dedicated sports channels and an on-demand service. It plans to broadcast two Major League Baseball games a day; multiple PGA tournaments; and weekly WWE Raw and SmackDown matches.

The setup and broadcast of every game is monitored 24/7 from The Switch in New York.

A J Sports spokesperson said: “We wanted a company that understands how the broadcast of sports from US stadiums, arenas and golf courses works and also has proven global reach – and The Switch gives us all of that. It offers not just the benefit of its knowledge, but state-of-the-art connectivity in every US professional sports venue and the infrastructure and technical support necessary to ensure seamless delivery.”

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