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Eurovision launches new fiber network

Eurovision, the operational division of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), is launching a digital terrestrial video network to complement its existing satellite network.

Using a multi-service platform, the network will connect major European cities as well as the East Coast of the United States.

It will be a new tool for television producers and engineers for the backhaul of their broadcast quality news and program contributions, and will be launched in April 2004.

The platform complements the existing Eurovision satellite network to offer highly resilient occasional, full-time video and data services directly to Europe's premier broadcasters. Its major benefit will be complete bandwidth flexibility.

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BBC’s London Television Centre turns to Drake Electronics

Drake Electronics, a broadcast intercom supplier, has secured a contract with the BBC to supply a site-wide FreeSpeak installation at its Television Centre in London.

Drake Electronics' FreeSpeak system

The BBC production staff throughout the London Television Centre will be able to operate freely around the complex while remaining in constant communication. The system will provide coverage not only in the production areas but also in green rooms, corridors, ‘Top Of The Pops’, its ‘Star Bar’, Grandstand, Jonathan Ross studios and even in the Blue Peter garden.

FreeSpeak will sit on a separate Drake system with a capacity of 1024 ports. The connection between the studio and FreeSpeak system will be via a combination of Drake ‘Hi-Que’ links and regular intelligent trunks circuits across both CAT5 and fiber connectivity.

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Link Research's LinkXP systems

Link Research to supply TVGlobo with wireless cameras

Link Research will supply wireless camera systems to TVGlobo, a Brazilian broadcaster. The first usage of the LinkXP systems will be for a new racing car series starting on Brazilian TV in March 2004.

The initial order is for eight LinkXP wireless camera systems, four to be used in Rio de Janeiro and four in Sao Paulo.

TVGlobo selected Link's wireless cameras because of its diversity features and low delay of 40ms.

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