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Timeline Television launches new compact OB truck

Remote productions now accessible for all budgets, says the company, as it launches its new compact OB truck, Streamline 2

Timeline Television has announced the launch of Streamline 2, a brand-new compact OB truck that it says will help to deliver remote productions for all budgets.

The company states that the Streamline 2 enables production teams to have remote control from Timeline’s Broadcast Centre in London or MediaCityUK, or from their own facility. Timeline Television’s CEO Dan McDonnell, explained, “Streamline 2 allows productions to have the same comprehensive facilities and high-quality broadcasting that they would expect from a larger OB unit in a cost-effective way. We are able to offer higher-end production features, typically found in larger budget productions, and make them accessible to all.”

The OB truck is 4K and HD capable and can facilitate six SMPTE camera channels, one super slo-mo camera channel, multiple RF and mini cameras, and features a 4K vision mixer, a comprehensive sound desk, an 8 in 2 out replay server and a high-end graphics system. The truck has a dedicated tender with an on-board 25kVA generator with a 3 hour UPS back-up system.

Streamline 2 enables remote productions to be delivered over fibre, internet and even over limited connectivity using 4G and 5G, said the company

“We have seen a huge increase in demand for remote productions. However, there can be prohibitive connectivity costs for some productions,” added McDonnell. “We therefore set about to build a highly flexible OB truck that could provide support for a full onsite production team to a complete remote solution and everything in between. Having the equipment onsite supports robust disaster recovery options too.”

The first outing of the OB truck was for the University of Gloucestershire’s Varsity series against the University of Worcester. According to the company, the university’s broadcast students were involved in producing and capturing the sports event with the support of Timeline’s engineers, with the event broadcast live on the University of Gloucester’s YouTube channel.