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German theatre invests in broadcast solutions

Broadcast Solutions has installed a new fibre network for Staatstheater Darmstadt, to provide flexibility across multiple applications around the theatre complex

Systems integrator Broadcast Solutions has designed and implemented a new media network based on fibre for the Staatstheater in Darmstadt, Germany, providing a transport backbone for large numbers of signals connecting a diverse range of systems.

The Staatstheater Darmstadt dates back to 1711, with the current building opening in 1972, and is undergoing a modernisation programme. It includes a large theatre for opera and ballet, a smaller theatre for drama, and a small space (Kammerspiele) for intimate plays and workshops. As part of the programme, Broadcast Solutions developed a communications and signal distribution platform using a network of fibre optics, with connection points and other hardware from Barnfind. The network is capable of carrying large numbers of signals including 12G 4k ultra HD, and latency across the network is measured in picoseconds, vital when video content has to be matched to live music.

“The aim of replacing the cabling was to make the Staatstheater as flexible and future-proof as possible,” said Bernd Klein, technical director of the Staatstheater. “Working with Broadcast Solutions, we installed fibre optic cables and converters, and we are extremely flexible in terms of data rates. Even more important, because all the fibre lines are data agnostic, we are well prepared for any future developments.”

Martin Schwörl, managing director of Broadcast Solutions products and service, added, “By implementing a complete fibre network for signal distribution, the Darmstadt Staadstheater is ideally positioned for future developments. It was important that we implemented a completely flexible and future-proof solution, and we are very pleased that the Staatstheater has walked this path with us.”

The company installed more than 50 BarnMini electrical/optical converters together with Barnfind frames and stage boxes, a Blackmagic Design ATEM Constellation production switcher, an Apantac multiviewer, and an 8k-capable 55” monitor from Konvision.