Projects

We are proud of our long track record working with all sectors of the broadcasting community from major news networks through to local TV stations and the education sector.

The projects listed below give an insight into the range of assignments we have undertaken in the past few years.

 Projects marked with a Case Study icon have links to additional longform reports with more detailed information.

dB Broadcast Completes Transition to IP Routing Platform for ITN

dB Broadcast Completes Transition to IP Routing Platform for ITN

dB Broadcast was selected by Independent Television News (ITN) to replace the ageing HD-SDI routers and associated control system at their Grays Inn Road HQ in London with a single IP Routing Platform, including upgrades to a number of existing galleries.

The infrastructure had evolved over the last 30 years and understandably had grown with the organisation, so the project required a full in-situ refurb, whilst guaranteeing no interruption to news broadcasting, coupled with working in and around the unpredictability of a live news environment.

Since going into service in the summer of 2022, the new system has successfully delivered a number of major world events, including the domestic and international coverage of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, and more recently, the coronation of King Charles III. dB Broadcast supported ITN’s successful delivery of event coverage to both ITV and international clients by providing engineering resource to supplement their production teams.

“This has been a complex project in a challenging operational environment and could only have been delivered through a real team effort”, says Jon Roberts Director of Technology, Production & Innovation at ITN. “In addition to dB’s undoubted technical expertise and experience on this front, we have been particularly grateful for their truly collaborative and agile approach. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

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BBC Wireless Solutions

BBC Wireless Solutions

September 2018

dB Broadcast has delivered a multi-stage upgrade and replacement of radio microphones, in-ear monitors and wireless talkback (TB) systems for the BBC. read more…

Global Technology Company IP 4K Project

Global Technology Company IP 4K Project

In early 2016, a global technology company needed a partner to help design and implement its flagship London facility. After a competitive tendering process, it commissioned dB to take responsibility for the high profile project to provide a high quality, resilient system, allowing for future upgrades and expansion. The scope of work included design, implementation, test and commissioning.

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High Profile Project for the ICC

High Profile Project for the ICC

dB installed the broadcast system and audio visual facilities for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The project involved designing, installing and commissioning a full broadcast solution for new state of the art courtrooms, incorporating the latest high definition broadcast technology.

Broadcast quality is a key criterion for the ICC, as the courts handle very high profile cases, and the ICC is called upon to provide broadcast feeds to many of the world’s largest international broadcasters. dB has a proven track record and expertise in remote controlled camera systems where high end broadcast quality video pictures are required.

Automation of the system is critical because the ICC broadcast system is operated by a small Audio Visual Production Team.

There are three court rooms in the new Court Tower central building, and each of these has facilities for recording all court proceedings, and for providing high quality broadcast feeds to international broadcasters such as the BBC, CNN and Sky.

The project also included the supply of one control room per court room, audio visual facilities on all delegate desks and translator booths. A press briefing room can accommodate up to 168 journalists.

dB has provided a highly resilient system on which the ICC can depend for its official records of proceedings and content published for broadcasters.

BT Sport Playout at Red Bee Media

BT Sport Playout at Red Bee Media

Red Bee Media appointed dB Broadcast to design, build and commission the playout services for BT’s new live sports offering, BT Sport. These new channels are available across the UK via various platforms including satellite, fibre broadband and in pubs.

BT Sport has the rights to show 38 live games a season from the Barclays Premier League, including 18 of the top clashes, plus up to 69 live rugby union games each season from the Aviva Premiership, and action from the Women’s Tennis Association tour.

The dB installed system included two reactive suites, four-position media operations desk, two quality control/edit desks based on Avid, and 12 racks of equipment. All were delivered within four months of order.

State-of-the-art Facility for UK Based Global Broadcaster

State-of-the-art Facility for UK Based Global Broadcaster

dB delivers new generation project

A not-for-profit registered charity – set up to entertain and inform people outside the UK – had a core requirement: the replacement of an existing tape and file-based infrastructure that was around eight years old, and no longer a suitable environment for the channel offering to evolve in both linear and non-linear domains.

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SSVC

SSVC

dB Broadcast chooses ICE for new SSVC broadcast facility line

dB has constructed a new state-of-the-art production and transmission facility for the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) at Chalfont in the UK. SSVC provides welfare entertainment and information to British service personnel and their families worldwide under the BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) banner.

The new facility, encompassing both equipment rooms and operational areas was commissioned with a controlled migration program to ensure that broadcasting operations were continued uninterrupted.

The SSVC playout operation is based on four ICE and two ICE LE systems, providing ingest and redundant playout for BFBS’s 15 TV channels that are broadcast live to armed forces personnel in over 23 countries and to British Navy ships at sea. Morpheus automation enables full integration with SSVC’s Provys traffic system and IPV MAM.

Red Bee Media Projects

Red Bee Media Projects

dB Broadcast won the contract to carry out system integration work across the Red Bee portfolio of clients. The work involved supporting and delivering projects around both the playout and creative facilities, predominantly based in London.

The dB team successfully delivered a host of new services and upgrades to Red Bee clients including:

– 4Seven for Channel Four. A new channel and continuity booth was built and integrated into the existing Channel Four infrastructure.

– BBC World News: complete new Playout System and Control Suite. This involved design, build and test of the systems, and supporting the migration of the one of the most viewed channels in the world. This was all achieved without a single break in transmission.

– BBC Worldwide. Technical refresh of Playout Technology and launch of new services.

– Signing Studios. Two new HD Signing Studios were designed and built to meet increasing demands.

– Creative Refresh. Consolidation and technical refresh of core elements of the existing infrastructure including the installation of a new AVID ISIS system.

– BBC2 HD: created the new playout systems for BBC2 HD. This was extremely challenging, working around the existing core BBC infrastructure. The team designed and built the new core system as well as upgrading all the monitoring in the control suite to enable the transmission of HD content. As usual, the dB team was on hand during the migration of services.

Ericsson: Ch5 Playout services

Ericsson: Ch5 Playout services

Ericsson signed an exclusive multi-year broadcast and media services deal with leading UK broadcaster, Channel 5, which is owned by Viacom and used dB Broadcast to supply these services.

The project included playout, media management and access services such as captioning, audio description and sign language interpretation. These services were provided for Channel 5’s entire portfolio of terrestrial and digital channels (Channel 5, 5*, Spike and 5USA), as well as for its catch up offerings, including Channel 5+1 and Channel 5+24. The project also included the delivery of media management services for the broadcaster’s Demand 5 video-on-demand platform. All services operational in May 2016.

City University

City University

dB Broadcast was tasked with creating a major upgrade from SD to the latest HD TV studio production technology for this university – and in time for the upcoming new academic year. The facility upgrade will allow students to work with and use the latest TV studio equipment, ensuring that City University students can compete effectively with the best in broadcast journalism, enhancing their employability prospects on graduation.

The system was based around the NewTek TriCaster 8000 vision mixer, Chyron IP graphics and 3play 425 server; the students will be using JVC GY-HM650 ENG cameras.

“This HD TV Studio upgrade will give our Journalism students a ‘virtual TV studio experience’ and so a competitive edge in their broadcasting careers”, said Tony Phillips, TV Studio Manager at City University London. “They will be operating the latest TV studio production technology and ENG live location cameras that are now in current use at broadcasters such as BBC News, ITV News, Channel 4, Sky News, London Live etc. where our students will go to work.”

The HD TV Studio also has extra facilities including a broadcast system solution capable of taking in sources such as: remote ENG live location feeds via 3G / 4G and Wi-Fi, live Skype interview feeds, Internet feeds, and the ability to quickly exchange video content with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The system can also make use of Apple AirPlay devices via Wi-Fi, IPTV, SMART TV etc.

After completion of the studio project, dB Broadcast continues to work with City University, providing warranty support and other support services to ensure the facility can meet its demanding timetable and heavy use.

Ofcom: Direction Finding Trailers

Ofcom: Direction Finding Trailers

dB Broadcast supplied a fleet of nine road trailers for Rohde & Schwarz, used by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom to check and monitor RF transmissions throughout the UK.

Each trailer features a large composite UHF/VHF Direction Finding (DF) antenna mounted on a 10m telescopic mast that pivots to the horizontal position for travelling – in the manner of a yacht mast. The contract included the design, manufacture and test of all the associated power supply systems in custom-built weatherproof enclosures. The trailer and mast is designed for use in wind speeds of up to 100kph, despite carrying a mast head load in excess of 50kg. Many components including the batteries are of military grade specification to enable the systems to function reliably whatever the British weather throws at them.

Once the technical solution was agreed, the manufacture, test and delivery took place within six weeks, with the second batch of six trailers going through dB’s factory in just three weeks.

Atos: World First DVB-T2 HD Service

Atos: World First DVB-T2 HD Service

dB Broadcast completed a major contract from Siemens IT Solutions and Services to supply the BBC with HD coding and multiplexing services. This enables viewers to watch programmes in high definition on digital terrestrial TV (DTT).

The high definition service on Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) became the first DVB-T2 HD service in the world with a technical launch at the end of 2009.

In a phased rollout, the BBC’s overall project will eventually lead to at least four high definition channels being available across the majority of UK households, including those from other public service broadcasters, such as ITV, S4C and Channel 4.

Using advanced statistical multiplexing, transmission, and compression technologies and dB’s Hawkeye products, Siemens IT Solutions and Services has engineered the system to avoid any single point of failure within the transmission chain. The B080 series of Hawkeye modules supports MPEG2, MPEG4, DVB and ATSC standards. The DTT services use more than 50 modules and provide near-seamless switching.

BSkyB: Production and Broadcast Facility

BSkyB: Production and Broadcast Facility

dB delivers new generation project

dB Broadcast was selected as one of the strategic system integrators for Sky’s new production and broadcast facility on its Osterley Campus in West London.

This facility is a sustainable landmark broadcast facility that provides studios, technical, and operational space for people in Broadcast Operations, Sky Sports, and Broadcast Technology.

dB Broadcast was appointed to install, test and commission the core technical facilities within the Broadcast Centre component. This included the playout, compression and lines processing systems, enabling Sky to distribute their programmes to many platforms – including the traditional satellite feeds, new media streaming, mobile phone services and many more. dB Broadcast was also responsible for the installation of the Broadcast control system, IPTV system and the talkback facilities.

The Central Technical Area consists of a number of apparatus rooms with a capacity to hold 400 bays of technical equipment, and the playout area boasts over 35 operational desks.

Arqiva Chalfont CTA

Arqiva Chalfont CTA

dB Broadcast supplied, installed and wired 62 racks for the new Arqiva facility at Chalfont, including mains wiring and cold aisle containment system.

BBC News Hub for UK elections

BBC News Hub for UK elections

dB Broadcast was selected to provide a News hub at BBC Elstree for their coverage of local and general elections which were previously broadcast from the Television Centre (before its closure).

The Hub manages all the outside broadcasts and filter a subset through to the TV Gallery and is similar to a small Control Room operation, except it is staffed with up to 26 editorial staff who make decisions about the outside broadcasts and which ones to route to the Studio.

The system comprises 26 editorial positions, 2 engineering desks, monitor wall comprising two rows of seven 50” monitors and 14 bays of equipment.

Sky Sports Bulletins

Sky Sports Bulletins

dB Broadcast supported Sky engineers in designing a small 2 camera bulletin studio. This was installed on the third floor of the Sky Studio building in an area previously allocated as office space and used for Sky Sports bulletins within Sky News programmes.

dB were responsible for the cabling and installation of equipment as well as testing and commissioning. Timescales were critical as the studio had to be operational in time for the start of the new football season. The system was based upon GVG mixer, cameras and automation and a Calrec audio desk.

Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel

dB Broadcast added two new streams to Discovery’s existing Playout system at Chiswick Park. The system is based upon Miranda automation, Evertz multiviewer, Pixel Power graphics, Snell routing, Axon conversion equipment and Screen subtitling.

dB Broadcast at Red Bee Media

dB Broadcast at Red Bee Media

An “insourcing” first for the Broadcast Industry?

Red Bee Media and dB Broadcast established a framework agreement back in 2011, which in itself is not unusual. What is unusual, however, is the unique way the agreement has developed into one which provides Red Bee with a range of “insourcing” benefits which would be difficult to obtain without the investment of time and energy in relationship building that both companies have shared in.

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dB Broadcast and Digital Switchover

dB Broadcast and Digital Switchover

dB Broadcast reflect on their role in the largest broadcasting engineering project ever undertaken in the UK – Digital Switchover.

The digital switchover programme (DSO) completed in 2012 was the largest broadcast engineering project ever undertaken in the UK; everyone in the UK who watches TV was affected. dB Broadcast, one of the UK’s leading system integrators and established supplier of Programme Input Equipment (PIE), played a central role in delivering this critical national infrastructure up-grade on-time and on-budget. The team reflect on their role in making the UK’s transmission network fit for the 21st century.

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Middle East: TV Outside Broadcast Facilities

Middle East: TV Outside Broadcast Facilities

dB Broadcast built two 3-camera OB vehicles based upon the Mercedes Vario.

dB was responsible for purchasing the vehicles, carrying out the coach work and completing the technical fit out. The vehicles included the Sony DXC-D55 Camera, Canon lenses, Sony MFS-2000 mixer, Calrec M3 audio console, Trilogy talkback and Pro-bel distribution equipment.

BSkyB’s H1 Broadcast Facility

BSkyB’s H1 Broadcast Facility

The new BSkyB building is a sustainable landmark broadcast facility which provides studios, technical and operational space for people in Broadcast Operations, Sky Sports and Broadcast Technology. Post-production and technical spaces are in the centre with office space wrapped around the building to allow everyone access to natural daylight, fresh air and great views across all floors.

dB Broadcast was appointed to install, test and commission the core technical facilities covering the Central Technical Areas and Master Control Room within H1. This includes the playout, compression and lines processing (MCR) systems, enabling Sky to distribute their programmes to many platforms – including the traditional satellite feeds, new media streaming, mobile phone services and many more.

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Siemens / BBC: CCM Nodes

Siemens / BBC: CCM Nodes

dB Broadcast won the contract from Siemens IT Solutions and Services to supply the BBC with ongoing coding and multiplexing services. dB built multiple facilities, known as the centralised coding and multiplexing nodes (CCM nodes), to compress and stream BBC digital television signals. Over 700 of dB’s Hawkeye switching and monitoring modules were used in the pro

The 300 bay system was prefabricated at dB while building work was carried out on-site. Additionally, all the equipment was fitted and tested at dB, in a facility that is still unusual in the industry.

ATV Jordan: New TV Station Built

ATV Jordan: New TV Station Built

dB Broadcast won a very large contract to build a totally new TV station in a purpose-built complex located in the heart of Amman, Kingdom of Jordan. ATV was the first independent TV channel in Jordan, operating on-air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, broadcasting a mixture of entertainment, and regional and international news.

dB was responsible for the full technical infrastructure of the new station. David Bird, Managing Director, managed the project on behalf of the company and also provided support to the architects and builders. The facility is located in one custom building and includes three studios, edit suites, newsroom and playout areas, all taking advantage of the latest technology.

At the heart of the transmission system are Harris Nexio servers, Pebble Beach automation system, Sony PetaSite robotic tape library and Quartz master control. The newsroom was equipped with more than 60 ENPS workstations.

High end craft editing is performed on VelocityQ non-linear editors, and the studios were equipped with Sony BVP-E30 cameras, Ross Synergy 3 mixers and Calrec Zeta digital audio consoles.

Arqiva: PIE for DSO

Arqiva: PIE for DSO

dB Broadcast won a contract from Arqiva to supply and install the Programme Input Equipment (PIE) at 90 transmitter sites as part of UK digital switchover (DSO). Arqiva upgraded the entire terrestrial television infrastructure.

The first full switchover was at the Selkirk transmitter group in November 2008 and this was followed by the West Country.

dB supplied more than 550 bays across the 90 key sites. Prefabrication and testing was carried out at dB’s factory, and installation performed by dB’s in-house technicians. The project included approximately 500 Hawkeye frames with 3,000 modules, which included B080 series and B049 ASI monitor/switch modules and B102 DVB-T COFDM receivers.

dB Broadcast was also responsible for the onsite cabling from the sites’ incoming programme feeds to the inputs of the transmitters, and the installation of the IT network, remote alarm and RF monitoring infrastructure. This included RF, ASI and Ethernet cabling, some of which was fibre.

BBC Radio Home Services

BBC Radio Home Services

dB were selected to install and configure new radio encoding and distribution systems at New Broadcasting House and also at the Emergency Broadcast Centre. The project involved installing AM, FM and DAB systems for encoding BBC radio feeds for onward distribution over the BT Global Media Network.

BBC Broadcasting House

BBC Broadcasting House

Relocation of BBC Television Facilities to Broadcasting House

dB completed a long-term contract and the largest project ever undertaken by the BBC: the relocation of BBC London TV Centre facilities – a project described by the BBC as: ‘on-schedule, on-budget and on-air’.

The enhanced Broadcasting House and the movement of over 5,500 staff and broadcast services, to bring the BBC’s national and international news operations together, entailed the single biggest migration of BBC facilities ever undertaken. The development, for the first time, brought the BBC World Service, BBC News, BBC Weather and several other BBC business units together under one roof in Portland Place in London’s West End.

dB’s role was the design, build and commissioning of all HD television studios, galleries, edit suites and associated technical areas at Broadcasting House for all the Corporation’s television news services.

The sheer scale of the project meant the team faced challenges in technology, project management and ensuring the needs of all different BBC stakeholders were met.

The BBC site now hosts one of the world’s largest news rooms – designed, built and commissioned by dB Broadcast.

The contract covers the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of all equipment for video production located within the studios, galleries, edit suites, graphic areas, newsroom and local apparatus rooms.
It also involves all the inter-connections to the central routing and distribution systems which will mean close collaboration with the BBC and other companies.

The specification was for a 1.5G (1080i) HD-SDI video system with a clear upgrade path to 3G HD-SDI. Where technically feasible and cost effective, dB Broadcast also installed elements capable of supporting 3G HD-SDI from the outset.

There are more than 10 television studios of different types. The largest 334m2 double-height studio is fitted with eight cameras and is intended to be a flexible studio for a varied range of programmes, equipped with motorised hoists for changing sets. Fixed studios are single height with one incorporated into the open plan newsroom; one of the largest live newsrooms in the world.

The World Service studios will be used for recording inserts into World Service video outlets. The clip studios are designed to be primarily self-operated but will also form a vital part of the daily news output.

The main galleries will use play-out and automation procured by the BBC and supplied to the systems integrator for installation. As part of the project, dB also installed approximately 30 edit suites.

As part of the BBC W1 Phase 2 Video Production installation, dB was asked to install 27 craft edit suites. These were over several floors at New Broadcasting House and are based around a Quantel Ingest, Production and Playout system.