Endemol is using Riedel’s MediorNet realtime media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system to establish a fully redundant communications, A/V, and data link in the Netherlands. The system connects Ericsson, the distribution provider in Hilversum, with the Endemol Group headquarters in Amsterdam (pictured), where the studios and control room are located.
The FOX Eredivisie football channel will be broadcast by the system, using MediorNet to get live HD feeds for all matches to Endemol and the production facility outputs back to the Ericsson MCR and playout facility.
“With features such as embedding and de-embedding, frame stores, on-screen display, and time code insertion all standard on MediorNet, and with the tremendous flexibility and audio quality of the Artist system, Riedel was able to provide us with a versatile yet cost-effective fibre-based communications and A/V transport solution,” said Sjaak Vreeburg, manager resources at Endemol.
The facilities in Hilversum and Amsterdam are connected via a MediorNet Compact Pro system using two dark fibre links. The 57- and 36km-long connections transport up to 24 HD video systems between the MCR and studio. MADI audio, intercom and data are also transported over these links, and the company uses a Riedel CWDM interface to transport multiple signals over a single optical core.
Endemol uses two additional MediorNet Compact frames to connect the other studios within the Endemol facility. “Fibre for HD transport is the way to go, and since the processing is all within MediorNet, customers save time and money. All interfaces needed for broadcast are in the MediorNet solution,” said Wilbert Kooij, Riedel general manager for Benelux.