Recent Projects
  •  2013 UK Ericsson Television signal distribution cabling at Strategic Park
    After a competitive tendering process, dB Broadcast was awarded the contract to undertake the installation of the broadcast cabling within the recently refurbished building. This involved more than 100KM of cable and the work was carried out in several phases to work around the on-going building programme and the relocation of staff.
  •  2013 UK: BT Sports Playout at Red Bee Media
    Red Bee Media appointed dB Broadcast to design, build and commission the playout services for BT’s new live sports offering, BT Sport. These new channels are available across the UK via various platforms including satellite, fibre broadband and in pubs. BT Sport has the rights to show 38 live games a season from the Barclays Premier League, including 18 of the top clashes, plus up to 69 live rugby union games a season from the Aviva Premiership and action from the Women's Tennis Association tour.
  •  2013 UK: Single camera interview positions for BBC
    The BBC regularly interview local dignitaries from around the country for broadcast on its main news programmes. On average this occurs 1-2 times a week in each region, but frequency is dependent upon the region and the news story being covered. Staffing is a major consideration for these bookings as they can take place at any time of the day and keeping full studios on standby to interview a guest is not feasible or cost effective, so facilities were provided by dB which allowed for operation by a single person. Seven systems were provided covering Oxford, Bristol, Southampton Nottingham, Norwich, Tunbridge Wells, Plymouth and Jersey. These HD and SD systems comprised a single camera with remote pan and tilt, blue and green switchable chroma key light ring and low power lighting system. All BNCS controlled.
  •  2013 UK: Bulletin studio for BSkyB
    dB Broadcast supported Sky engineers in designing a small 2 camera bulletin studio. This was installed on the third floor of the Sky Studio building in an area previously allocated as office space and used for Sky Sports bulletins within Sky News programmes.. dB were responsible for the cabling and installation of equipment as well as testing and commissioning. Timescales were critical as the studio had to be operational in time for the start of the new football season. The system was based upon GVG mixer, cameras and automation and a Calrec audio desk
  •  2013 UK: Studio for SSVC
    dB Broadcast was responsible for the design, detailing, provision, testing and commissioning of a TV News studio with gallery and self-op facility, suitable for immediate use by SSVC on acceptance, with no additional work required. This also included cabling and installation of equipment within the existing CTA. The British Forces news bulletins continued to be produced and transmitted from the Newsroom throughout the duration of this contract. Therefore dB had to take the greatest care not to interrupt or disturb the smooth running of the Newsroom. It also meant that noisy and disruptive work took place outside the normal operational times of the Newsroom.
  •  2012 UK: BSKYB: F1 Studio
    A new broadcast rights deal was announced on 29 July 2011, that Sky Sports would cover all F1 races live, whilst BBC Sport would cover 10 live including the British Grand Prix. In November 2011, Sky announced the new dedicated F1 channel would launch in March 2012, and would air all F1 races with coverage of practice sessions, qualifying and the race, live and commercial free. dB won the contract in Jan 2012 to build the new F1 HD studio at the Sky Studio building in Osterley and this was completed in 3 months.
  •  2012 UK: Ericsson Television Olympics feeds for BSkyB
    The innovative agreement between the BBC and Sky meant that Sky homes had access to comprehensive coverage of the London Olympics, with up to 24 live dedicated HD and SD channels running simultaneously at peak times during the games. The 48 brand new channels, which were created specifically for the Olympics, showed every sport from cycling to archery, swimming to wrestling, tennis to the 100 metre final. Alongside coverage on the existing BBC channels, Sky homes were able to enjoy 2,500 hours’ worth of live BBC coverage throughout the Games. dB was contracted by Ericsson on behalf of Sky to provide a temporary installation at at Salford Media City to support these requirements.
  •  2012 UK: MTV MCR expansion
    MTV undertook a major building redevelopment and many areas were moved. dB undertook a 22 rack system with the newly expanded MCR. The racks were prefabricated at dB Broadcast’s premises while building work was completed allowing installation time to be minimised.
  •  2012 UK: Discovery HD Foundation
    dB Broadcast carried out the upgrade to dB of the server system of the Discovery playout system. dB also added Dolby capability to each of the 70 streams.
  •  2012 UK: Turner CN Germany channel
    dB expanded the Turner Playout system with 6 new channels including one for CN Germany.
  •  2012 UK: Discovery three Ingest suites
    dB Broadcast designed, supplied and installed 3 new Ingest suites. Material typically arrives on tape and each suite included a Sony SRW-5800/2 HDCAM VTR, Harris waveform monitor, Wohler audio monitoring, Studio Technologies 5.1 surround sound and genlec speakers.
  •  2012 UK: Red Bee Media various projects
    At the beginning of 2012, dB Broadcast won the contract to carry out Systems Integration work across the Red Bee portfolio of clients. The work involves supporting and delivering projects around both the playout and creative facilities predominantly based in London.
    The dB team have successfully delivered a host of new services and upgrades to Red Bee client’s including –
    • 4Seven for Channel Four.
    • BBC World News.
    • BBC Worldwide.
    • Signing Studios.
    • Creative Refresh including the installation of a new AVID ISIS system.
    • BBC2 HD.
  •  2011 UK: BSkyB Studios 2, 7 and 8
    After completing the Production and broadcast facility at the new Sky Studio building, dB was awarded a multi million pound contract to build 3 studios and their associated galleries. These included EVS workstations, Gras Valley Cameras and Kayene mixers, Calrec Appolo audio consoles, Evertz multiviewer, Tektronix monitoring equipment and furniture from Knotty Ash.
  •  2010 UK: West Thames College TV studio facility
    dB Broadcast completes a new television studio and associated control room for West Thames College at their Isleworth Campus in West London.

    The contract included the design, prefabrication, supply, installation and commissioning of a 3-camera TV studio equipped with HD cameras and a separate production gallery featuring a custom-designed control desk with 3 operators for lighting, vision and sound control. Work on the project started late in 2009 and was completed earlier this year.

    The studio will be used initially to offer students a 2-year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Media Production.
  •  2010 UK: HD DTT coding & mux services for Siemens & BBC
    dB Broadcast completed a major contract from Siemens IT Solutions and Services to supply the BBC with HD coding and multiplexing services. This enables viewers to watch programmes in high definition on digital terrestrial TV (DTT).

    The high definition service on Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) became the first DVB-T2 HD service in the world with a technical launch at the end of 2009.

    In a phased rollout, the BBC’s overall project will eventually lead to at least four high definition channels being available across the majority of UK households, including those from other public service broadcasters, such as ITV, S4C and Channel 4.

    Using advanced statistical multiplexing, transmission, and compression technologies and dB’s Hawkeye products, Siemens IT Solutions and Services has engineered the system to avoid any single point of failure within the transmission chain.
  •  2010 UK: BBC W1 video production areas
    dB Broadcast has won the contract for the installation of the video production areas within the BBC’s Broadcasting House redevelopment in central London, W1.

    The contract covered the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of all equipment for video production located within the studios, galleries, edit suites, graphic areas, newsroom and local apparatus rooms.

    There are more than 10 television studios of different types. The largest 334m2 double-height studio is fitted with eight cameras and is intended to be a flexible studio for a varied range of programmes.

    The specification is for a 1.5G (1080i) HD-SDI video system with a clear upgrade path to 3G HD-SDI. Where technically feasible and cost effective, dB Broadcast will also install elements capable of supporting 3G HD-SDI from the outset.
  •  2010 UK: BSkyB production and broadcast facility
    dB Broadcast was selected as one of the strategic SIs for Sky’s new production and broadcast facility on its Osterley Campus in West London.

    dB Broadcast was appointed to install, test and commission the core technical facilities within the Broadcast Centre component. This included the playout, compression and lines processing systems, enabling Sky to distribute their programmes to many platforms - including the traditional satellite feeds, new media streaming, mobile phone services and many more. dB Broadcast was also responsible for the installation of the Broadcast control system, IPTV system and the talkback facilities.

    The Central Technical Area consists of a number of apparatus rooms with a capacity to hold 400 bays of technical equipment and the Playout area boasts over 35 operational desks.
  •  2010 UK: dB completes DF trailers for OFCOM
    Cambridge (UK) based systems integrator dB Broadcast completed a fleet of 9 road trailers for Rohde & Schwarz, which are used by the communications regulator OFCOM to check and monitor RF transmissions throughout the UK. Ofcom is responsible for the protection of the radio spectrum from abuse, both intentional and unintentional.

    Each trailer features a large composite UHF/VHF Direction Finding (DF) antenna mounted on a 10M telescopic mast which pivots to the horizontal position for travelling in the manner of a yacht-mast.
  •  2009 UK: Regional TV studio & newsroom
    This prestigious contract included the design, prefabrication, installation and commissioning of a 4 camera TV studio with control gallery, a 2 camera in-vision presenter position for short news bulletins within the newsroom, a media management/transfer area for receiving incoming material for ingest to the video server, ten editing workstations, two non-linear editing systems and a graphics system.

    The new facility included the Gallery SIENNA networked newsroom automation system software. This Apple Mac Xserve-based system provided a video server with FCP editing and viewing workstations, playout control, ingest and archiving to Isilon storage, all integrated with ENPS. It was one of the first SIENNA systems to be installed within the UK.
  •  2009 UK: Arqiva PIE for digital switchover
    dB Broadcast won a major contract from Arqiva to supply and install the Programme Input Equipment (PIE) at 90 transmitter sites as part of digital switchover (DSO). DSO is already well underway in the UK with Arqiva upgrading the entire terrestrial television infrastructure by 2012.

    dB is supplying more than 550 bays across the 90 key sites. Prefabrication and testing is done at dB’s factory and installation carried out by dB’s in-house technicians. The project includes approximately 500 Hawkeye frames with 3,000 modules, which include B080 series and B049 ASI monitor/switch modules and B102 DVB-T COFDM receivers.

    dB Broadcast is also responsible for the onsite cabling from the sites’ incoming programme feeds to the inputs of the transmitters and the installation of the IT network, remote alarm and RF monitoring infrastructure. This included RF, ASI and Ethernet cabling, some of which is fibre.
  •  2008 Middle East: Two TV OB vehicles
    dB Broadcast built two 5 camera OB vehicles based upon the Mercedes-Benz Vario. dB was responsible for purchasing the vehicles, carrying out the coachwork and completing the technical fit out. The vehicles included Sony DXC-D55 triax cameras, Canon lenses, Sony MFS-2000 vision mixers, Calrec M3 audio consoles, Trilogy talkback systems and Pro-bel distribution equipment.
  •  2008 UK: Siemens/BBC CCM
    dB Broadcast won a multi-million pound contract from Siemens IT Solutions and Services to supply the BBC with on-going coding and multiplexing services. As part of the project, dB built multiple facilities, known as the centralised coding and multiplexing (CCM) nodes, to compress and stream all of the BBC’s digital television and radio services.

    The 300 bay system was prefabricated at dB, while building work was carried out on-site. All the equipment involved was fitted and tested at dB. Not many other companies have the facilities to do projects of this scale. Over 700 of dB’s Hawkeye switching and monitoring modules were used in the project.
  •  2007 UK: BBC TV studio widescreen conversion
    dB upgraded the galleries and CTA at a BBC regional studio. This included Evertz MVP multiviewers, LCD displays, monitors, monitor stack and significant changes to the technical infrastructure.
  •  2007 UK: Vinappris TV channel
    Operating from a purpose-built new TV studio and wine bar at Birmingham’s Fort Dunlop, specialist shopping channel Vinappris was set up to provide viewers with the opportunity both to learn about and purchase quality wines. Working to a very tight deadline, dB completed the assignment, from design through to commissioning, in two months.
  •  2007 UK: BBC Local Radio buses
    dB Broadcast completed the design and technical fit out of two buses used as a radio outside broadcast studio and community training/access facility.
  •  2006 Asia: BBC World Service radio studio and two cubicles
    To minimise on-site time, dB Broadcast prefabricated and tested the new studio and two radio cubicles at its premises in England before installing and commissioning them on-site.
  •  2006 Jamaica: IMC MCR
    dB was responsible for the detailed design, prefabrication and installation of a new MCR for IMC in Jamaica. The system was based around the Miranda PresMaster 100 and branding using Miranda logo generators.
  •  2006 UK: Ealing Institute of Media TV studio
    dB Broadcast designed and installed a 130 square metre TV studio, with adjacent control room suite and separate vision control, sound control and apparatus rooms. EIM is part of the Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College.
  •  2006 India: Radio and TV studios
    This new facility was prefabricated at dB Broadcast’s premises before installation in New Delhi with the support of a local wiring company. It includes a TV studio, radio studio, four radio cubicles, video edit suite and CTA with 12 racks.
  •  2005 Jordan: New ATV broadcast station
    dB Broadcast won a multi-million pound contract to build a totally new TV station in a purpose-built complex located in the heart of Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan.
    dB Broadcast was responsible for the full technical infrastructure of the new station. David Bird, MD of dB Broadcast, managed the project on behalf of the company and also provided support to both the architects and builders. The facility is located in one custom building and includes three studios, edit suites, newsroom and playout areas, all taking advantage of the latest technology.
    At the heart of the transmission system are Harris Nexio servers, Pebble Beach automation system, Sony PetaSite robotic tape library and Quartz master control and the newsroom was equipped with more than 70 ENPS workstations.
  •  2005 UK: Turner Entertainment playout centre
    dB Broadcast was awarded the contract for the supply, installation, integration and commissioning of a new state-of-the-art transmission facility at Turner House in London. The new centre enabled Turner Entertainment Networks International to bring the transmission of its entire range of services in-house.

    The new facility, which is designed around the latest file-based technology and is believed to be the most advanced playout system in Europe, includes the integration of a digital asset management system, playlist automation software and servers with a new central ingest system. It comprises six ingest stations, five playout desks, master operational desk, presentation suite and 80 equipment racks.
  •  2005 UK: BBC Local Radio cars
    These 13 new ‘mobile studio’ radio cars facilitate the production of both live and recorded voice programmes, and two way interviews for contribution in to BBC local radio programmes via radio links using antennas mounted on telescopic masts.

    Adaptation of the vehicles, which are based on the Peugeot 807 MPV, drew on dB’s experience of audio and RF systems.
  •  2005 UK: BBC Radio 13.5m OB vehicle
    dB Broadcast won an order from BBC Resources, Radio & Music, to manage the technical fit out of a large radio OB vehicle. The 13.5 metre trailer includes a studio, control room, editing and production areas, as well as technical racks. It also has a extending walkway along one side. The new sound OB truck is extremely flexible, with the ability to cover events as varied as sports meetings, concerts and large public events.
  •  2004 UK: BBC TV Centre Studio TC10
    dB Broadcast won the contract to upgrade the facilities at TC10 for the transmission of CBBC programming on the main networks. This was a major project that included stripping out and re-equipping the audio and control systems, providing a new vision desk and monitor stack, installing a new Thomson 3 M/E vision mixer, upgrading the router to 64x64, increasing the number of outside lines and adding a studio by-pass system.