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Stagebox HD broadcast technology for Glastonbury Festival

Broadcast technology developed by BBC R&D offers significant cost savings and is ideal for OB events such as music festivals, says licensee L2Tek.

L2Tek has announced that the BBC will be using the ground-breaking Stagebox High-Definition (HD) production technology for its upcoming broadcasts from Glastonbury Festival this weekend.

L2Tek is a licensee of the Stagebox camera-mounted Internet-Protocol (IP) connectivity device, which was developed by BBC R&D. Stagebox is a compact unit that takes HD video and audio from a camera or other SDI source, together with Genlock, timecode, tally, talkback and camera control information, and transmits it over a time-synchronised network using standard IP protocols.

“StageBox has been described by the BBC as a significant milestone in broadcasting technology”, said Mark Scott-South, MD at L2Tek. “This innovative IP-based technology can bring significant time and cost savings for large outside broadcast operations, and not only of arts-based festivals such as Glastonbury, but also major sporting events and many other important social and cultural occasions.”

Stagebox uses low-cost Cat6 wiring, switches and routers, rather than using relatively expensive SDI networks. In addition, significant improvements can be made to workflow efficiency to the extent that Stagebox can even be used to realise virtual OB productions using multiple cameras controlled remotely from anywhere with an internet connection, says L2Tek.

“For example, it means that the BBC will be able to edit and produce the broadcast video and audio from the various stages at Glastonbury remotely from BBC offices in London, and therefore will only need a considerably smaller team to be actually on site at the event this year, when compared to previous years,” says the company.

…Ironic, perhaps, in a year when the BBC have been criticised for taking even more staff to the festival – 296, up from the 263 in 2011.