Leitch connects Bahrain TV to global broadcasters

BRTC deployed Leitch’s new 6800+ modular fibre optic equipment to distribute live TV images taken from around the 5.411km Formula One racetrack to other broadcasters.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 27, 2004

Bahrain Radio & Television Corporation (BRTC) selected Leitch as the primary supplier of router and interface products for its new facilities that were constructed for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix race. The event represented the first use of Leitch’s new 6800+ modular fibre optic equipment — essential for the long distances involved in covering the complete racetrack. The Leitch equipment was used to distribute live television pictures by the Formula One Management (FOM) taken from around the 5.411km Formula One racetrack, which has been built in the middle of the Sakhir desert in the southern part of Bahrain. These pictures were then distributed to more than 90 international broadcasters for live transmission to audiences worldwide, as well as to the seven giant spectator screens around the racetrack. Interfacing Bahrain TV with the outside world, Leitch is supplying its new 6800+ series of fibre optic conversion modules, as well as Panacea(tm) routers and DPS-575 digital processing synchronizers as part of the central nervous system for the transmission centre. “For such an event, reliability is critical and Leitch was able to supply the complete range of equipment required within the project deadlines,” said Abdulla Al-Thawadi, director general of engineering at BRTC. “We have been very impressed at the tight timeframe Leitch was able to work within — the products were delivered and professionally installed to our satisfaction by Leitch’s distributor, Computer Point, within four weeks.” Fibre optic equipment is an essential element of this installation, due to the long distances involved in covering the complete racetrack. The range of 6800+ fibre optic converters provided the performance and flexibility necessary to meet the demanding system requirements. The range is compatible with SDI and DVB/ASI signals, and all SDI, embedded audio, HANC and VANC signals are passed transparently.

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