Cobham Announces Sales to BT for a New “Managed Service”

BT and Cobham Broadcast have announced that Cobham RF equipment is being deployed for “BT Media Live”, a new managed service operated by BT’s specialist digital media and broadcast solutions arm, BT Media & Broadcast.

The service uses Cobham’s state-of-the-art radio frequency equipment in two permanent receive sites in central London.

The service is managed from BT’s iconic BT Tower in central London, taking advantage of the tower’s location, connectivity and scalability to give broadcast customers comprehensive city centre coverage and direct access to the BT Global Media Network.

BT Media Live’s camera-mounted transmission system enables camera crews to transfer footage wirelessly to studios for live and recorded broadcasts throughout the capital – including the top ten most newsworthy sites in London – without the need to deploy satellite trucks.

The transmit/receive system is comprised of Cobham’s 16.5dBi High Gain Sector and 12dBi Compact Sector Antennas; feature-rich, multi-way PRORXB receiver/decoders and a PRORX ASI demodulator; plus associated SHF-UHF downconverters and splitters, which complete the package.

Designed specifically for demanding broadcast applications, PRORX ensures that video is recovered free from fading or multipath interference. PRORXB incorporates an extremely flexible decoding platform, with low-delay SD and HD H.264 decoding capability plus an SD MPEG2 decoder, which ensures that it is compatible with existing systems.

Stuart Brown, Broadcast Systems Director for Cobham Broadcast, said: “For broadcast you need high quality, uninterrupted contributions that are not susceptible to common forms of interference. The system we have provided for BT Media Live is far more reliable than 3G/4G/Wi-Fi solutions because it runs over dedicated radio spectrum.

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