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Blackmagic Design doubles Teleclub capacity

Swiss network expanded its output to more than 83 channels

Blackmagic Design has announced that leading Swiss pay-TV network Teleclub has implemented a UHD video playout system built around a Blackmagic Design 12G infrastructure.

The network recently expanded its output to offer more than 83 channels, including eight in UHD, covering a wide range of sports in German, French and Italian. This required doubling Teleclub’s capacity, choosing a single link 12G-SDI network.

As part of the upgrade, 18 ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K have been installed, each one serving two of the HD or UHD channels, with a separate M/E attributed to each channel. Each switcher is paired with a video/CG server, developed in-house at Teleclub using DeckLink Quad 2 capture cards and Caspar CG for live video playout. One additional ATEM 4 M/E switcher delivers playout for an HD multiplex channel.

The facility also includes a new studio and 26 commentary boxes, with 12 Smart Videohub 40×40 12G in place to sub-switch monitors located around the channel’s production headquarters in Volketswil, near Zurich.

Teleclub system and software engineer Remo Val said: “The operator opens an event from our database, and the client generates all the specific content into a playlist, for example live or studio input, lower thirds, sponsor logos. The software controls the ATEM, the CG server and the audio engine to provide whatever the next item is in the playlist, so an operator can deliver an entire live event with one button.

“Simply put, we could not have realised this project without Blackmagic Design. The open API, together with the capture cards’ price point allowed us to design a flexible and reliable playout solution, and one that could be specifically built around a powerful, future-proofed 12G infrastructure that will enable us to continue to bring the best of sports broadcasting to our viewers.”

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