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United Anywhere: Remote Broadcast RTL Late night and RTL Boulevard

René Delwel: ‘Customers just want facilities where they are needed. That is why we try to realise as much flexibility as possible.’ Remote broadcasting is one of the options.

Disconnecting place and technique

Complex workflows tailored to exact customer demands and the most efficient production – just one of the many examples of United’s flexibility. One of the most recent showpieces is remote broadcasting, an important element of the United Anywhere strategy, which is perfectly in line with the idea to disconnect place and technique. Why sending production to a specific location if it is much more practical to limit the moving around of people and resources?

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United Anywhere: Remote Broadcast RTL Late night and RTL Boulevard

Tailor-made

According to Paul van den Heuvel, Technical Manager, remote broadcasting can be an interesting option for shorter productions of three to four hours that are taped outside the Media Park. ‘It cuts down on the travelling for most of the crew, which makes it a green solution. It is also a very efficient solution if several productions are taped in different locations. We now use remote broadcasting for RTL Late Night, using RTL Boulevard’s facilities. But remote broadcasting is more than just remote production. Think of the post-production process, where editing is done in a different location.’ Paul emphasises that remote broadcasting should not be used just because. ‘We always want the best solution for a situation. That can be remote broadcasting, but sometimes it might be more effective to just send a unit. We don’t like generic solutions, we want to offer tailor-made solutions, weighing application and costs.’

Variety of options

This is the reason why United offers several types of remote broadcasting. Paul: ‘Like a high-end solution, in which uncompressed signals are sent by glass fibre, with a minimum delay and without loss of quality. In the absence of a dedicated glass fibre connection we use IP. This may have a minor impact on quality because of the smaller bandwidth but the result is still very acceptable to high-end productions. And finally, we have the option to use the public Internet. For this purpose, we have two standard packages with a fixed number of cameras and microphones.  It is the location that is flexible: You can use this solution anywhere you like, as Internet is omnipresent these days. Moreover, remote broadcasting does not have to take place from Hilversum or Amsterdam. As it is still rather new, we find that some customers are still a little anxious to rely on the technology. They like having the crew closer. We can do this anywhere.’

Euro Media Group advocates IP-standard

As a member of AIMS (Alliance for IP Media Solutions) the Euro Media Group, and thus United, contributes to the standardisation of IP standards. IP in itself works just fine, but the communication between the equipment of different manufacturers could be better. AIMS raises the awareness of manufacturers, encouraging them to work together towards standard IP connections.

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