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Qatar uses HD wireless systems

The first ever live, true High Definition transmission from a wireless camera took place last month, at the West Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

The first ever live, true High Definition transmission from a wireless camera took place last month, at the West Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Two HD wireless systems comprising Thomson LDK 6000 HD camera heads and LinkHD wireless transmitters and receive stations were used in the country. The HD equipment and specialist crew for the project were supplied by Presteigne Broadcast Hire, the first company in the world to buy LinkHD systems.

The systems were used to transmit HD pictures live from Hamad Aquatics Centre for the duration of the event, with Al Jazeera TV and some additional Asian satellite TV channels taking feeds. “The latest signal delay recorded for the LinkHD system is less than 50 milliseconds, which is just over one frame,” says Andrew Murray, business development manager for Presteigne Broadcast Hire. “These results confirm that the performance of the LinkHD will match the broadcasters’ tough requirements for live sports broadcast.”

Since the West Asian Games are the preliminary competitions leading up to the Asian Games, scheduled to take place in December 2006, many broadcasters and production crew used these games to test out new HD equipment that they plan to use for the bigger sporting events of 2006. LinkHD was just one of the new HD technologies to be put through its paces at the sports centre, where the technical crews for the games were based.

Presteigne was in Doha to supply a full HD de-rig facility for the aquatics events, supplying HD and down-converted SD feeds to the broadcasters on site. “HD is a huge growth area for 2006 and there is going to be a strong demand for LinkHD camera systems over the next few months,” confirms Murray.

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