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Leader monitor for PBLSat

21 January 2008

PBLSat has invested in a Leader LV5800 multi-standard waveform monitor for its Netherlands division. Headquartered in London, PBLSat operates a fleet of uplink trucks which are used to forward HD and SD feeds from mobile production vehicles via satellite to broadcasters and event right-holders throughout the world.

The LV5800 was supplied in cooperation with Rohde & Schwarz Netherlands, local business partner of elQuip in The Netherlands.

“The LV5800 is used to verify the quality of HD video and surround sound audio signals prior to satellite uplink,” comments John van der Meer, technical engineer at PBLSat Netherlands. “We chose it for its modularity and populated it to provide eye-pattern display and digital audio signal analysis. The eye-pattern function and DVI options are used to check the effects of long cable runs on HD signal quality. The digital audio module enables us to maintain timing accuracy when deploying multichannel compression encoders for surround sound. We have used Leader test equipment for years and find it very reliable. The LV5800 was thoroughly tested in September at the US Open Tennis Tournament in the US. It performs extremely well. No other manufacturer offers the same degree of configurability.”

Supported by an expanding range of modules, Leader’s LV5800 user-configurable multi monitor enables multiple SD or HD SDI sources to be studied simultaneously. Eight sources can be monitored simultaneously using automatic alarm settings to sense level, rise time, fall time and jitter. Four channels can be displayed at the same time. Automatic signal detection enables the LV5800 to sense the input format, colorimetry and black burst or tri-level external reference input. User presets may be stored on a standard USB memory which will also hold screen images, configuration settings and software/firmware updates.

PBLSat has a dedicated fleet of 16 Ku band European uplink trucks strategically positioned across Europe. It provides support services for a wide range of events including premier division soccer, motor sport, news and current affairs. Furnished with the latest in broadcast technology, the fully redundant trucks offer multi-camera and edit/play-out facilities. The 24/7 PBLSat Space Centre schedules all truck operations to ensure efficient service. The company also has six Ku/C band flyaway uplinks and a wide range of trailer based downlink antennas. PBLSat’s client base includes global broadcasters such as Sky, NTV and ESPN.

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