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Timeline Secures Multi-Site Connectivity For ITV’s “Love Island”

The production of ITV Studios’s popular reality TV show “Love Island” is no small feat considering it utilizes two locations separated by 3 km (roughly 2 miles) on the island of Majorca, Spain. To establish reliable connectivity between the two sites, veteran systems integrator Timeline Television was called in to provide ITV Studios with inter site connectivity as well as the establishing RF facilities to enable the transmission of the show live in London on the ITV 2 channel.

All of the camera and production facilities are located at the villa set while the edit and production facilities are located 3km away. This posed some unique challenges from a technical point of view and Timeline was tasked with provide broadcasting facilities to connect the sites before transmitting the finished edit live to ITV2.

Setting up a complete redundant and robust cross site link, Timeline chose Vislink encoders mixed by Vislink stream managers and transmits over four different RF links: 2 x 7GHz SAF links, a 70GHz Siklu and a 28GHz Ubiquity link These links also carry Internet back to the villa set, using NEP’s DANTE audio network and Teradek encoded monitoring feeds.  

Timeline partnered with Telenor to secure the satellite space before deploying its uplink truck at the production site.

Timeline partnered with Telenor to secure the satellite space before deploying its uplink truck at the production site.

On location, fast turnaround reality television is already challenging enough before the added complexity of not being able to position the production facility next to the filming location,” said Steve Kruger ITV Studio Technical Manager. “Timeline’s solution has opened up a whole range of new locations which would not have been possible in the past.”

On top of the cross-site links, Timeline partnered with Telenor to secure the satellite space before deploying a production and uplink truck (“RF1”) at the production site. The truck features dual flyaway dishes that support local and remote Riedel talkback facilities as well as the ingesting and playout of the final edit material over redundant satellites to the London Studios for live broadcast.

Finally Timeline provided ITV with a backup Internet connection and Comrex 4-wire coordination lines over a Ka Band satellite link.

With two large post-production facilities in London and a third in MediaCityUK, Timeline provides state-of-the-art facilities to major broadcasters, including BBC, BT Sport, BSkyB and ITV.

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