ZDF, Germany Used Apantac KVM over IP Solutions for Remote Production of World Cup

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BEAVERTON, Ore.—Apantac has announced that ZDF chose the company’s KVM over IP solutions for its remote production of the 2022 World Cup Soccer Games.

The German public service television broadcaster ZDF produced and showed the World Cup live in Germany on free-to-air television. The games production was handled remotely at the National Broadcasting Center located at ZDF in Mainz, rather than on-site in Qatar.

For this project, MPE, a mobile production unit founded by ARD and ZDF, purchased more than one hundred and fifty KVM over IP transmitters (Tx) and receivers (Rx) (models: KVM-IP-Tx-PL/KVM-IP-Rx-P) and “free flow” software licenses from Apantac, via Broadcast Solutions Produkte und Service, Apantac’s representative in Germany.

MPE chose the Apantac KVM over IP Extender/Receiver solutions so that its technical team can extend and switch video signals, keyboard and mouse functions, as well as embedded and analog audio signals over IP. 

With this solution, operators can access all their computers and servers on the network from any display, keyboard and mouse consoles. The receivers allow scaling of the incoming video to match the resolution of the computer console monitor, regardless of the source computer resolution. The “free flow” licenses allow operators to control up to four consoles from a single keyboard and mouse by simply moving the mouse pointer across the different displays, the companies said. 

In addition, a KVM over IP Transmitter Firmware has been specially designed for this project. This Firmware adds an extra 3840x1080 EDID to the Tx module, which addresses MPE’s need to display two computers (top and bottom) on a single 16:9 UHD monitor, Apantac reported. 

Broadcast Solutions Produkte und Service, Apantac’s partner in Germany played an instrumental pre-sales and support role for this project. “When we showed ZDF the flexibility, scalability and functional capabilities of Apantac’s KVM over IP solution, it made sense to them and their operations,” comments Jens Hoppe, head of support for Broadcast Solutions.

“Apantac ’s KVM over IP solution offers us a KVM matrix with a scalable architecture without requiring a centralized configuration server,” comments Patrick Jung, chief operator in the National Broadcasting Center. “They are simple to install thanks to the magnetic base of the Tx and Rx modules, and straightforward to use.“

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.