Newly-established German independent systems integrator BTS has shipped a total of four specially-constructed OB vans to Qatar TV in a deal worth several million euros. BTS, Grass Valley’s former business system integration division, exhibited OB van with the serial number 555 at IBC2012. That van, along with the auxiliary truck that had been built in parallel at the BTS facilities in Weiterstadt, Germany, was shipped to Qatar TV immediately after the show. An identical pair of trucks is now on its way to the Arabic broadcaster, in preparation for a wide range of event coverage on the country’s National Day on 18 December. Each vehicle is specially constructed by BTS to withstand an external temperature of 50° Celsius, and heavy dust. On the audio side, the trucks are equipped with Lawo mc2 56 consoles and a Riedel Artist 128 intercom system, kept cool with a special three unit A/C system. Tracing its business roots back to 1929, BTS has over 80 years experience in OB van construction, building the world’s first ever OB van in 1934, used for the 1936 Olympic Games. More OB history to come in PSNEurope’s December issue. www.bts-broadcast.com
Small OB proves a Hit at IBC for Riverside TV
New media technology and connectivity in small packages mean that not all live TV needs a big OB truck and uplink support. Irish facilities company Riverside Television is proving the point with a new mobile vehicle half way between a scanner and a SNG van, which features a well equipped audio area that has had workouts on a talent show and a major festival.