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dB Broadcast to build Sky’s Broadcast Centre

10 August 2010
dB Broadcast to build Sky’s Broadcast Centre

System integrator dB Broadcast has won a major contract from BSkyB to build the broadcast centre technical facilities within Sky’s new production and broadcasting facility on its Osterley Campus in West London, writes Adrian Pennington.

This facility will provide studios, technical, and operational space for people in broadcast operations, Sky Sports, and Sky’s broadcast technology wing.

dB Broadcast has been appointed to install, test and commission the core technical facilities within the broadcast centre. This includes the playout, compression and lines processing systems, enabling Sky to distribute their programmes to many platforms – including the traditional satellite feeds, new media streaming, mobile phone services and many more.

dB is also responsible for the installation of the broadcast control system, IPTV system and the talkback facilities.
The Central Technical Area consists of a number of apparatus rooms with a capacity to hold 400 bays of technical equipment. At the outset approximately 80% of these will be populated allowing space for further expansion and future technology to be easily accommodated.

The playout area will include over 35 operational desks, controlling and monitoring BSkyB’s output over the multiple platforms. As part of this complex installation dB Broadcast will work closely with Sky personnel to migrate all the existing services to this new facility.

Tom Swan, dB’s director of sales and marketing, said: “We won this major contract because of our experience in providing similar large systems and because we are one of the few companies with significant experience in encoding and compression as well as playout.”

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