The recent installation complements Arqiva's preparations for the impending Digital Switch Over (DSO), reports David Davies. Arqiva - one of the founding members of Freeview and the owner of licences for two of the three commercial multiplexes - initiated the upgrade of the Freeview network monitoring facilities at its Feltham Media Centre in Middlesex, UK.
Following a shoot-out at Arqiva's Winchester facility in early 2008, the company elected to move ahead with a Christie monitor wall comprising three super-slim 67in RPMSP-D132U rear-projection modules with SXGA+ single-chip display technology.
Designed for round-the-clock reliability with dual long-life high-pressure Mercury lamps, the displays - which are driven by a third-party (Miranda KaleidoX) multi-image processor - are part of a fully redundant system that also includes Christie's KoRE electronics and firmware platform. The server currently supplies 90-plus feeds within an overall capacity of 192, so there is plenty of room for possible future expansion.
The display wall is divided into three sections, with one assigned to incoming SDI sources, one to DTT and MHEG open standard interactive TV, and one to the monitoring of Arqiva's two commercial DTT multiplexes.
Feltham broadcast operations manager Andrew O'Dell praised the image quality offered by the new monitor wall and paid tribute to Christie's support package. "Since we have to manage the services and maintain the kit we look for a high level of support," he explained. "It's the ease of upkeep and expandability that we like and, going forward, by using SXGA+ technology we have future-proofed the system."
Speaking to II, David Griffiths, Christie EMEA market development manager control rooms, observed: "Christie is all about providing the ultimate flexibility. Our cubes are not just highly reliable - that's a key requirement for this type of installation - but they also fit in pretty much any environment: we have large screen sizes with a small seam size (1mm). On top of that, our cubes are compatible with multi-video processors, they are scalable and the resolution can be matched to meet the required visual."