Hybrid Fibre & Satellite UHD Links Truck to BT Media & Broadcast for IBC 2016

Posted on: 15th Aug 2016

Inside TES52

London, UK - 09 August 2016: Megahertz Ltd. (IBC stand 12.F20), a leading systems integrator and mobile broadcast specialist has announced that it has delivered a new hybrid fibre and satellite UHD links truck to BT TVOB, the outside broadcast arm of BT Media & Broadcast. The new truck (known as TES52), will be showcased on BT Media & Broadcast stand in the outside broadcast space at IBC2016 (stand O.C01). It is the first truck in the UK with the ability to transmit HD and UHD/4K via fibre and satellite simultaneously.

Prior to IBC, TES52 will cover the first Premiership match of the 2016/17 season, supporting customers by providing 14 HD outbound visions (as 1080i and 1080p) simultaneously. Later on this year, it will be deployed in UHD/4K mode providing up to 3 UHD visions on fibre and one on satellite. The truck will be in constant use until it appears at IBC.

Megahertz's design team worked closely with BT TVOB engineers to provide a powerful and flexible UHD vehicle that is capable of transmitting pictures both through its roof-mounted, Ku-band, satellite antenna and via BT's own fibre network, which connects over 150 major sports venues and news outlets across the UK.

TES52 is a step up from TES51 UHD truck that Megahertz also built in 2014, offering greater encoding capability. It is also fitted with two 750W amplifiers and built on a 7T Iveco Daily chassis.

"We're incredibly proud to be at the forefront of UHD and 4K live events broadcasting in Europe," said Neil Huggins, senior product manager at BT Media and Broadcast.

"The capability that TES52 has to deliver in HD and UHD/4K via both fibre and satellite could not have been achieved so lucidly without our solid partnership with Megahertz. They consistently deliver flexible, rugged and timely solutions that truly address our customers' current and future requirements. Megahertz has played a big part in our ability to stay ahead of the game when it comes to industry technology transitions."

BT TVOB provides a delivery service from all the major sporting and event locations in the UK, via fibre and satellite, to broadcasters and production company headquarters. The BT truck will sit alongside the outside broadcast production vehicle, accepting multiple feeds which are then compressed, multiplexed and fed to the broadcaster via the BT Tower in London. At each point, including the input and outputs of the link truck, careful quality monitoring will take place to ensure that the signal arrives in excellent condition.

The TES52 monitors multiple signals via a 4K Miranda multi-viewer on to a Sony 4K screen, with two 4K/HD Marshall monitors for additional qualitative signal monitoring and an HD Phabrix for test signal generation and checking. The truck supports up to sixteen fibre links in HD mode, or three 4K/UHD and four HD links, using the intelligent video networking platform (IVNP) and BT's core MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) network. Its on-board, 192-port Snell router is capable of handling a mixture of 4K, 3Gb/s and HD baseband signals, and ASI transport streams.

The newly configured vehicle can be seen as part of the Megahertz presence at IBC2016 and will demonstrate how live Ultra HD/4K content passes through the vehicle. A formal presentation on the design and build of TES52 will take place on the BT stand O.C01. Additional information can be sought from the Megahertz team on stand 12.F20.

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About Megahertz
Megahertz designs, engineers and delivers turnkey systems to the world's leading broadcasters, content owners and media service providers. As a leading systems integrator, its expert team of skilled engineers and solutions architects, drawn from both broadcast and IT backgrounds, ensures a creative, forward-thinking, independent and highly efficient approach. Megahertz provides dynamic and resilient systems for news and sport production, state-of-the-art studios and advanced file-based workflows, as well as fully equipped vehicles for outside broadcast and newsgathering. The company also provides consultancy, training and support services. The company has two UK locations, including an international sales office close to London Heathrow Airport and a 2000 square metre engineering facility. This allows Megahertz to carry out its own coachwork for vehicles and to pre-fabricate even the largest systems. With a reputation for excellence since 1982, Megahertz continues to deliver value-added engineering solutions worldwide.

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About BT
BT's purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2016, BT Group's reported revenue was £19,042m with reported profit before taxation of £3,029m.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
For more information, visit www.btplc.com


About BT Media & Broadcast
BT Media & Broadcast (M&B) is the digital media and broadcast services arm of BT Wholesale. All of the UK's digital terrestrial TV is underpinned by M&B's specialist media network, whilst it is also responsible for delivering outside broadcast services from over 150 sports and news locations around the UK.

M&B's global media network links every major location around the world where broadcast or film content is created or distributed.

BT Newsroom contact:
Isabel Allanwood
Email: newsroom@bt.com
Tel: 020 7356 5369


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