TopVision Telekommunikation GmbH, Germany’s leading TV production company, used the LYNX Technik AG newly launched line of Yellobrik fiber optic transmitters, receivers, and tranceivers to aide in the transmission of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics which were held in Berlin, Germany and broadcast to over 190 countries.
As host broadcasters, German television stations ARD and ZDF, the production company BERTA and Eurosport provided the television production for the national and international broadcasts to an estimated audience of about 4 billion people. ZDF and ARD provided HD signals worldwide as well as broadcasting throughout Germany in HD. The IAAF Championships marked the first HD transmission by ZDF and ARD.
TopVision was in charge of BERTA and provided the host broadcasters with the world feeds as well as an additional five ISO feeds to 178 TV stations around the world. TopVision’s HD OB Vans are a familiar sight at Germany’s largest sports event and are employed on a number of high-profile national and international assignments.
TopVision used the Yellobrik fiber optic modules to transmit up to 48 HD-SDI signals from their OB Van to the main control room in the IBC, where the signals were fed out to the international audience. The Yellobrik 3G, HD-SDI fiber optic transmitters, receives, and tranceivers were chosen by TopVision because of their fault-tolerant high performance quality.
“During these types of international sporting events, technology and product reliability is absolutely imperative,” comments Eduard Palasan, COO, TopVision Telekommunikation GmbH. “We always aim to offer innovative HD broadcasting solutions, and the Yellobrik fiber modules are well suited due to their high quality, forward thinking feature-set, compact size, and ease of use.”
“Distance limitations of HD signals over copper are restrictive,” states Winfried Deckelmann, CEO of LYNX Technik AG. “Our new Yellobriks overcome the distance limitations and allow the transmission and reception of pristine uncompressed HD-SDI video, including full 1080/60p signals, up to 10Km (6.2 miles). They can be easily connected to any product with HD-SDI inputs and outputs.”