BroaMan in the fast lane with F1 coverage25 June 2014
As the 2014 Formula 1 motor racing season heats up (depending on who you ask, of course), BroaMan has announced that Dutch satellite uplink specialists Multi-Link Holland and BP Satellite Solutions are using its new MUX-22 video, audio and intercom module for their broadcast coverage of the rest of the F1 season.
MUX-22 is part of BroaMan’s scalable and protocol independent environment, which offers up to 16 3G/HD/SD-SDI I/O configurable video ports, with built-in CWDM multiplexer.
Marco van Uffelen, Multi-Link Holland SNG operator, explains: “We have worked in the past with different kinds of fibre systems, but the beauty of the MUX-22 devices is that the units will multiplex multiple signals over just one single fibre each.
“It not only allows us to transmit and receive multiple HD SDI signals and data over just one or two fibres but it does so within our budget range. The cost of airfreighting to overseas locations is prohibitively expensive [so] equipment needs to be as light as possible, unlike the heavy weight of multi-fibre drums. Therefore, the MUX-22 provides us with a total solution.”
The system connects the OB truck in the TV compound, with its multiple wireless camera hoist, to the commentary booth, which can be up to 1,000m away, allowing HD-SDI and intercom signals to be both transmitted and received. The switched SDI output from the video mixer is received at the commentary booth where all camera SDI and intercom signals are monitored and the booth-camera signal is sent back to the OB-truck.
The system made its debut at the Bahrain grand prix in April (for Austrian broadcaster ORF). BP Satellite Solutions is also contracted to ZDF and RTL in Germany; MTV-3 in Finland; and Viasat in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, while Multi-Link Holland services the host broadcaster and provides the uplink requirements for ZDF, TV Globo in Brazil and at non-European races for ORF. Also involved in the process is Dutch data network provider Com 1.