By Vijaya Cherian
Greece-based private satellite and terrestrial broadcasting station, SKAI, has chosen to install 118 Crystal Vision interface boards in its new building.
Broadcasting mainly news and thematic programmes, from sports to documentaries, via both the HELLASAT satellite transmitting across the whole of Europe as well as terrestrial television, SKAI had a need for a larger amount of space and equipment to meet the demands imposed by an increasing number of channels. SKAI is also in the process of developing IPTV technology to enable its digital television signals to be broadcast over the internet.
The selected Crystal Vision interface boards were purchased through the vendor’s distributor in Greece — Ariston Broadcast and Telecom Solutions SA. This included the purchase of modules to process, distribute and route the incoming signals. Both SDI and analogue signals are received by the station and will be synchronised and embedded into a station referenced data stream by 16 SYNNER144 and 14 EMDEC-200 boards respectively. These multifunction boards combine a synchroniser, tracking audio delay and embedder, preventing the need to purchase these boards separately and therefore saving the customer rack space as well as money.
Six TANDEM-110 boards will be used to both embed and de-embed the signals around the main router as well as processing the audio content of these signals. SKAI will also take advantage of the space-saving features of 16 DDA208B modules, a dual SDI distribution amplifier offering four non-reclocked outputs per channel.