NBCUniversal Installs SSL Consoles At New Boston Broadcast Facility

The new $125 million NBCUniversal Boston Media Center that opened in February features a SMPTE ST 2110 IP infrastructure to help streamline production workflows and allow the facility to adapt and scale its capabilities and operations in the future with minimal additional investment. It also includes five Solid State Logic System T AoIP-networked audio mixing consoles to handle all facets of broadcast audio production at the six-studio complex.

The NBCU Boston Media Center was built to support newsgathering collaboration between NBC10 Boston, NBC Sports Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN (New England Cable News), which were previously housed in separate locations around the city.

The facility includes six 2,400-sq.-ft. production studios. Three dedicated studios serve NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN. NBC Sports Boston’s Studios 4 and 5 are combined into a single 4,800-sq.-ft. space. Studio 6 is a flexible space accommodating town hall meetings and other special presentations. There are six corresponding control rooms, plus a dedicated podcast studio. More than 60 broadcast service panels and over 90 channels of wireless microphones enable productions to broadcast from locations throughout the 160,000-sq.-ft. facility.

There are six production control rooms, plus a dedicated podcast studio.

There are six production control rooms, plus a dedicated podcast studio.

The ST 2110-30 ready SSL System T console comprises Tempest-based rack processors and a routing and I/O system incorporating Dante AoIP technology that’s compliant with AES67 audio networking. The console can also be networked with a variety of hardware control interfaces, from touch screen terminals and remote hardware panels to large-format modular consoles.

The co-location of the local news, regional sports network and regional news network is designed to better serve audiences across all platforms with English- and Spanish-language content. Working with NBCU’s team, systems integrator Diversified built the technical infrastructure to be as compliant with the SMPTE ST 2110 Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks suite of standards as is currently possible, enabling facility-wide collaboration.

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