Clever fun and racking a shiny floor in Dock10

Big studio shows in specially constructed television studios are always fun and have an ‘electricity’ all of their own. When Gameface’s pilot of Britains Brightest Family was commissioned into 3 annual series for ITV1, the best place to record the tournament of 37 x 1/2hr tests of mental agility, courage and knowledge was one of the larger studios at Mediacity’s Dock10.

Presented by Countdown’s Anne Hegarty, produced by Adam Adler , Directed by Deraldine Dowd, Ollie Bartlett and Richard Van’t Riet and lit by Gurdip Mahal (”17 & ’18) and Max Conwell (’19), Media IP’s Rupert Kelly configured and Vision Operated the 8 full studio cameras for all three series.

Network training delivered to IP matrix pioneers

Having been involved in technical IP network training since the introduction of the Cisco CCIE courses over 20 years ago, Media IP Networks are well-placed to deliver precise, customised IP Networks course to Arena Television in Redhill, Surrey.

Arena has made a significant and brave investment in new IP technology, replacing the core HDSDI router in each of their new fleet of carrier-class UHD trucks (OBX, OBY and OBZ) with Cisco Nexus 9K IP routers, IGMP and packetised, multicast TICO streams.

Arena’s engineers are tasked with the acceptance and configuration, operation and maintainance of the HDR UHD facilities in these ¬£multimillion vehicles at major events and out on the road. This involves knowing and fixing IP network techniques and issues.

Media IP Networks’ Rupert Kelly reviewed the IP technolgy in use in OBX and will be delivering a bespoke 2 day instructor-led course including practical demonstrations and hands-on configuration of both physical and virtual Cisco Layer3 switches.

Update : Dafidd Rees, Arena’s Deputy Director of Operations said Media IP Networks’ courses were well recieved by the 2 classes of 12 engineers and was pleased they dovetailed in with Cisco’s own ‘handover’ presentation to his Engineers of multicast methods and their OBX topology.

A further day is scheduled for next year for the remaining engineers, mostly sound.

The powerpoint presentation and schematics for the course are available in the Resources section.

RIO Olympics for BBC. Streaming from Salford

With exclusive UK broadcast rights and complete access to every Olympic sport and event, BBC Sport streamed everything that ran, walked, jumped, was thrown, hit, kicked, stroked, shot or ridden.

As a shift Technical Producer and MCR operator, Media IP Networks’ Rupert Kelly kept the sport and the studio contributions all ‘on air’ for the 3 weeks it was all live, gripping the world.

From the state-of-the-art HD galleries in the BBC’s Quay House, Mediacity Salford, the internet was kept busy by the global delivery of every minute of every sport through the BBC’s streaming encoders.

Each sport was linked through the main galleries with as many as 10 sessions passing through the vision nd sound mixers at busy times in the first week.

Euro 2016 soccer tournament for ITV Sport.

ITV Sport pulled out all the stops to deliver comprehensive coverage of their pick of the Euros right across France.

As the Technical Producer travelling with the brilliant Leon Mann reporting and ITV Sport ‘s own Rachael Doe producing, Rupert Kelly from Media IP Networks brought dedicated live coverage of ITV’s pick from the 6yd line at several high profile Northern Irish and Scottish matches.

Using Live U, the truly portable H264 compression and aggregating 4G contribution link from the ENG positions pitchside, ITV Directors in the Paris studio (Arena OBs overlooking Notre Dame) had alternative shots of key events and players to the unpredictable host broadcaster’s coverage.

This gave ITV Sport’s presentation more depth and excitement for what was an exceptional tournanment, albeit spread out over all of France from Lille to Marsielle, from Bordeaux to Lyons.

Roger Pearce, Technical Director for ITV Sport and Euro2016 was truly delighted at the innovation and efficiency that Media IP’s Rupert Kelly and Mike Tope brought to the deployment of the LiveU for the Live transmissions and how the Production team used it with confidence and agility.