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.
Bexel, the broadcast rental house, has announced an upgrade of its lighting inventory with the addition of 300 new Litepanels Astra 6X LED panels.
While there’s been a lot of talk about 4K production, the majority of it has been completed by mobile production trucks producing live sports and entertainment programs. Production studios, with their legacy of HD gear and infrastructure, have cautiously upgraded parts of their facilities to new cameras, switchers and other devices, but a wholesale migration from HD to 4K has been slow and strategically calculated.
Live remote production specialist Mobile TV Group (MTVG) has been building at least two production trucks and support vehicles a year for network television sport and entertainment shows for the past 20 years, but few are as versatile and future-proof as the company’s new 39Flex truck. Designed and built by MTVG engineering staff from the ground up to support 4K projects - complete with a fully networked 4-wire 3Gbs infrastructure - the new rig can support 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), full HD (1920 x 1080p), and full High Dynamic Range (HDR) capability on all (Sony) cameras.
Veteran production company NEP Switzerland is building two large 4K/UHD OB trucks, a 4K/UHD studio and playout facility, and a remote studio, that all leverage the latest live production and content delivery solutions from Grass Valley. Part of the global NEP Group, NEP Switzerland provides a variety of production services for live sports and entertainment clients across the country and reports that customers have increasingly been asking about 4K—even if they are not yet ready to deliver it on air.
At the recent Coachella music festival remote production services and custom systems provider NEP tested a new system of wireless networked cameras on an IP network, with signals compressed with encoders and decoders made by Visionary Solutions.
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