Sky News Selects MediaStar System


A TV distribution system based on Cabletime's MediaStar Pro has been installed at Sky News London, serving 336 screens in the broadcaster's news room.

When British Sky Broadcasting decided to find a comprehensive means of delivering TV signals from a wide variety of sources to the Sky Newsroom it presented something of a challenge to specialist integrator IVC, not the least of which was a requirement to update for the digital age. The team at Sky News needed access to a large number of channels that could be fed to standard television displays or LCD screens. As well as requiring viewing facilities of services from local studios and editing suites, the team also wanted to access services from off air satellite receivers.

A number of solutions were considered for the project including network streaming and dual cable coaxial distribution, and IVC recommended a solution based on Cabletime's Mediastar Pro. This system is designed specifically for audio and video delivery over structured cabling, is fully scalable and has a strong feature set and comprehensive software management. IVC has worked with Cabletime for many years, and was able to design and build the system for Sky News with off-the-shelf technology, with only the control handsets being specially built for the project.