The master control room manages over 150 incoming and outgoing HD vision lines as well as inbound satellite traffic from BT’s Madley earth station, one of Europe’s biggest satellite earth stations, making the BT Sport Production Hub one of the most connected buildings in Europe. The centre houses three large flexible TV studios, sports production galleries, a master control room, 20 edit suites, dubbing theatres and an audience holding area.
Paramount to the tapeless workflow in the centre is the ability to connect any user, anywhere in the building to any service or application running on machines in the central apparatus room (CAR).
“From the outset BT Sport was clear on their objectives to deploy a system that would allow complete flexibility to interconnect hundreds of workstations throughout the building to banks of remotely-located electronic equipment,”
explained Ian Martin, Broadcast Solution Consultant for AIT Partnership Group Limited.
“Edit suites, galleries and office spaces could operate without needing to install noisy and heat-producing equipment locally; any workstation has to be able to connect to any source device, under user control but subject to administrator restrictions. Pre-configured and stored connection paths allow the production teams to move suites from day-to-day. The system had to be ready to handle (4K and 8K broadcasting formats), with no video latency; a crucial parameter within the broadcasting industry.”
“To complicate the situation further, the whole project was set against a tight schedule, with an unmovable launch date less than 6 months from the project inception.”