Timeline awarded contract to deliver the RF facilities for ITV’s Love Island

Production of the award-winning reality TV show Love Island, which returns to ITV2 in the summer, is fairly complex, as its two locations are separated by 3km of Majorcan countryside.

The camera and gallery facilities are located at the villa itself, while the edit and production facilities are located at the other site. From a technical point of view, this presents some challenges, and Timeline are tasked with providing broadcasting facilities to connect the sites before transmitting the finished edit live to ITV2.

Timeline will use Vislink encoders, mixed by Vislink stream managers, to transmit over four different RF links at various frequencies for a complete redundant and robust cross-site link. These links will also carry internet back to the villa, to be part of NEP’s DANTE audio network and to Teradek encoded monitoring feeds.

As well as the cross-site links, Timeline will again partner with Telenor to secure the satellite space before deploying RF1, Timeline’s production and uplink truck, at the production site. RF1, with its second flyaway dish, enables local and remote Riedel talkback facilities, as well as ingestion and playout of the final edit over redundant satellites to ITV for live broadcast.

“After a very successful partnership with Timeline on Love Island in 2017, ITV has entered into a further contract with the option for a second year. In 2018, Timeline will provide over 180 uplink hours across the 8 week on-air period. Included in the contract is the option for a technology refresh after 12 months to upgrade inter-site connectivity to HEVC encoding,” commented Steve Kruger, Technical Manager, ITV Studios.

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“We’re delighted to be working with ITV Studios again delivering our RF services for the popular reality TV show. ITV is pushing the boundaries of technical delivery with the challenge of the 24/7 split production sites, and relies on Timeline Television to make this complex assignment a reality. We have included the option for a technical refresh for 2019, which would see content delivered in HEVC for the first time, delivering higher quality pictures over our quad-redundant low delay cross-site links,” added Timeline’s Senior Broadcast Engineer Lee Wright

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Satellite industry to enter operational phase of Crisis Connectivity Charter for support of global disaster relief

Members of the satellite community, including Eutelsat, signed yesterday contribution agreements with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), on behalf of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), stepping up their commitment to support global disaster relief.

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These contribution agreements are the final steps in operationalizing the Crisis Connectivity Charter signed in late 2015 between the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA), the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) and the ETC.

The Crisis Connectivity Charter signed by Eutelsat, Arabsat, Global Eagle, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat, will help the humanitarian community by greatly enhancing their access to vital satellite-based communications when local networks are affected, destroyed or overloaded following disasters.

Under the contribution agreements, the Charter Signatories are now committing satellite equipment and capacity that will be dedicated for humanitarian purposes during emergency responses. The ETC, under the global leadership of WFP, will be able to activate the Charter when disaster strikes and identify which pre-planned solutions are immediately available for any given region and need in order to meet a 24-hour deployment timeline after a crisis. Eutelsat’s contribution agreement consists principally of pre-allocated bandwidth on four of its satellites across the globe, complemented on the ground by ready-to-deploy satellite kits.

Simon Gray, Eutelsat’s Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs and Coordinator for the Crisis Connectivity Charter, commented on this milestone: “The satellite industry is the first sector where such a unified effort has been undertaken to standardise disaster response on a global scale. Today, the UN has the unprecedented ability to immediately access the right equipment and capacity in order to re-establish communication where it is needed.”

Eutelsat has been actively involved with the humanitarian community for 25 years, sharing industry’s belief that satellite services play an important role in disaster relief. With the increasing number of protracted, complex emergencies and high demand for bandwidth, the commitments from the global satellite industry are timely and will be critical assets for the humanitarian community. The satellite industry’s contributions will enable Internet access during emergencies to support humanitarian operations including logistics, urgent medical care, food delivery and the coordination of relief efforts.The Charter Signatories have also provided training and capacity building for WFP and ETC partners’ field-staff on the installation and use of the satellite equipment to be deployed.

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Since signing the Charter, satellite operators have been active on all continents supporting WFP, governments and NGOs during Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and in Haiti, Nepal and Vanuatu to name just a few. Via satellite they have enabled VOIP, WiFi and Internet Access to support supply logistics, urgent medical care and coordination of relief efforts.

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