Riedel Outfits World Cup Skiing Event with MediorNet Fiber Solution

Broadcast provider TVN Production utilized an extensive MediorNet installation from Riedel Communication for Austrian broadcast network ORF’s broadcast of the women’s Super G World Cup event in Haus im Ennstal, Austria. Despite extreme temperatures of as low as four degrees below zero (F), the Riedel fiber technology held strong throughout the event.

A total of four MediorNet mainframes were used at the start and finish lines. The frames distributed the individual video signals between the remote video control on the mountain and the TVN OB van that was used for the ORF broadcast. MediorNet routed 10 HD and three SD video signals from the video control to the OB van; while four HD signals were routed back to the video control. Integrated CWDM multiplexing enabled the transport of all signals on a single duplex fiber connection.

MediorNet is a fiber based real network solution for the distribution and routing of HD video and audio signals, as well as intercom and data. Every MediorNet mainframe provides a router for 32×32 720p/1080i signals, 160×160 SD-SDI signals, 27,000×27,000 AES signals or any combination thereof. MediorNet also includes tools for signal processing and conversion in broadcast quality.

“MediorNet enabled a flexible installation of our systems [at the World Cup event],” says Felix Rumpf of TVN. “With the large distances that had to be bridged at this World Cup, the use of copper cabling would have been a lot more expensive and complex. Despite the rough weather conditions MediorNet worked perfectly,“ said Felix Rumpf of TVN.

In addition, the MediorNet installation provided a clock master for the remote video control. While the OB truck utilized a tri-level synchronization, MediorNet converted the synchronization into a Blackbust signal for the video control. Furthermore, 22 audio channels for camera communication and ambience microphones were routed between the two positions. Ten GPI/Os were used for the camera’s red light control.