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rbb Potsdam Adds Snell’s Flexible Advanced Hybrid Routers to its Main Control Room
Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Earlier success leads rbb to invest in additional Sirius 800 routers for HD capabilities

Reading, UK May 13, 2014 Snell today announced that Germany’s Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) Potsdam has deployed multiple routers from the Sirius 800 series for its main control room. rbb previously had a Sirius 830 multi-format hybrid router and has now added another 830 and an 840 router to further enhance its HD production capabilities.

The flexible high-performance routers support SD, HD, ASI, and 3Gbps signals, offering cost-effective routing of multiple formats. The compact Sirius 830 offers 140 additional multiviewer outputs and 288 x 288 video in a 15RU footprint. The Sirius 840 combines 576 x 576 video and 140 additional multiviewer outputs within its 27RU frame.

The Sirius 800 series uniquely offers Advanced Hybrid Processing, enabling extensive processing on all inputs and outputs including embedded audio routing, audio track swapping, frame or line synchronization. This functionality allows any combination of embedded, discrete AES and MADI signals to be routed without compromise and avoids the need for wrap-around signals, saving I/O, space and cost.

“These new installations have allowed us to maximize our HD production and create greater efficiency throughout our workflow.  The Sirius routers save space and power but also allow us to reconfigure our studios quickly and easily, saving set up time between different live formats and making our production process much smoother,” explained Wolfgang Hanke, Head of Technology, rbb. “The Catsii facility and built-in front door PC provide a wealth of immediately available status and diagnostic information but ultimately the routers’ robustness and ease of operation were key considerations for us.”  

The Sirius 800 series offers the most advanced processing architecture where all inputs and outputs are format and timing independent. 3G routing capability is enabled as standard allowing the support of future formats, including 4K.

“In a time where HD is now a given, rbb were quick to recognise that by upping their offering in this area they would be able to meet the growing demands of their viewers,” said Stefan Geradts, Snell sales director for Central and Eastern Europe. “We have a longstanding relationship with rbb of over 15 years; it’s an indication that our customers value our reliability and commitment to delivering the highest quality output.”