Riedel Communications is celebrating the sixth year of its partnership with Germany’s Formula 1 host broadcaster, RTL.
RTL has, since 2008, leveraged the Riedel RiLink global fibre service to provide bidirectional links between race circuits and the broadcast station in Cologne. Riedel’s Artist and MediorNet platforms are also used for communications and signal acquisition and distribution at the various race venues around the world (19 of them in 2014).
“When it comes to broadcasting a first-class event such as Formula 1, a strong and reliable partnership is an absolute must,” says Fritz Behringer, technical operations manager at Cologne Broadcasting Center, a part of the RTL Group. “We have been working with Riedel’s RiLink for many years. As soon as the fiber cable is connected to our production unit, all systems wake up, connect to their hosts instantaneously, and start sending files or messages. Riedel is connecting two worlds for us: broadcast and IT.”
RTL transfers the international programme video signal and additional signals from its electronic newsgathering teams on location at each of the race venues to its playout center in Cologne. During off-peak hours when there is no signal transmission, RTL uses the additional capacity for other purposes such as file transfers to its archive in Cologne, which can be carried out automatically in managed workflows.
Riedel has been supplying communication systems to motorsports events for more than 25 years. In addition to providing comms solutions for broadcasters like as RTL, Riedel also supplies equipment to numerous Formula 1 teams and the sport’s governing body, the FIA.
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