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Driving Broadcast Innovation: Grass Valley and Timeline TV Deliver Live 4K Sports

The Customer

Based in London, Timeline Television is a well-known name in UK broadcasting. For the past 10 years, the company has been spear-heading broadcast solutions from concept to completion, including: outside broadcasts, post-production and studio-based productions. With two sizeable post production facilities in London and a third in MediaCityUK (Salford), Timeline works with many of the UK's broad-casters to deliver technical and creative facilities for programs that vary in size and scope from live music and awards shows to political party conferences, global and domestic sports competitions, and cur-rent affairs.

The Challenge

Fast forward to 2015 when Timeline found itself embarking on another ambitious project in partnership with BT Sport. Leading the sport's broadcasting field, BT Sport took a quantum leap, choosing to launch a new dedicated UltraHD channel in August as well as adding eight new HD channels.

The Grass Valley Solution

Drawing on Grass Valley's rich heritage in live production, Timeline deployed a Kahuna 9600 switcher with its modular control panel and Sirius 840 router as the truck's 4K UHD backbone. With four fully 4K M/Es, the powerful Kahuna 9600 offers a host of key features such as:

  • The freedom to combine mix/effect banks, keyers, and DVE effects to create any on-air style
  • Advanced workflow tools for quick turn-around times
  • FormatFusion technology that supports any combination of SD, HD, 1080p and 4K signals. This eliminates the need for external conversion, reducing capital outlay, removing any system timing issues and saving engineers time with setup
  • Unique Make M/E technology that allows Timeline operators to se-lect available switcher resources for a tailor-made M/E for specific requirements

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