Sky Chooses Norwia UHD 4K Optical Transport

Norwia AS, a supplier of optical distribution products, announced that its miniHUB has been chosen and deployed by Sky in the UK for the distribution of 4K video throughout its Osterley headquarters and broadcasting facility.

Norwia said the main challenge for Sky in distributing 4K video internally over optical fiber were the distances involved, signal bandwidth capacity and the conversion from SDI to HDMI for monitoring purposes.

“The Norwia miniHUB met all our capacity, distance and SDI-HDMI conversion issues and did it with incredible power and flexibility,” said Bruce Kruger, Sky’s director of TV Engineering. “Not only does Norwia solve today’s optical transport solutions but the flexibility of the miniHUB Auto-SFP functionality makes it easy to broaden or change the scope of how we use the solution moving forward.”

The Norwia miniHUB has a number of features that made it ideal for the Sky project, including the transporting UHD signals and decoding to HDMI in a single solution and the ability to change function within a single card. For example, a single card can do a UHD to optical conversion or the reverse, as well as be an HDMI convertor.

The miniHUB’s single card functionality enables Norwia to provide additional functionality in the future as new technologies emerge.

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