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Screen delivers DVB subtitling to BBC

5 February 2008

Screen Subtitling Systems has delivered the final component of a bespoke transcoding system to Siemens IT Solutions and Services, which is building a new coding and multiplexing service for the BBC. Screen’s equipment provides the subtitle component of the CCM project (Centralised Coding and Muxing) through additional DVB subtitling and transcoding technology.

As part of a multi-million pound project, an agreement worth _1.7 million signed in 2007 with Siemens IT Solutions and Services contracts Screen to deliver complete transcoding systems, comprising hardware and Screen’s Polistream software pre-installed and configured to the BBC’s specific requirements. As with the previous two milestone deliveries, this delivery will be integrated with technology from other suppliers and commissioned through Siemens, which has overall responsibility for designing, building and operating a new coding and multiplexing infrastructure for the broadcaster through to 2015 as part of digital switchover.

Supporting the BBC’s centralised coding and muxing initiative, Screen’s technology converts Teletext subtitles into the DVB format required for broadcast.

“Although we have been a supplier to the BBC since the mid-1970s, and already supply systems for Teletext and DVB subtitles, it was by no means automatic that we would be chosen for the CCM project”, explained Gary Glover, sales and marketing director of Screen Subtitling Systems. “First, we had to prove we could meet very stringent reliability criteria and deliver to their timescales. This latest contract not only strengthens the relationship between us, but also further endorses Screen as a supplier to broadcasters of world-class standing.”

Commenting on the choice of Screen, Graham Whiting, principal project manager at Siemens IT Solutions and Services said: “What gave Screen the edge was not just that they satisfied all the immediate requirements, but they could also demonstrate that their system was flexible and could be expanded to cover future potential requirements.”

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