PICTURES: Largest HD IP TV broadcast system at sea

A behind the scenes look at the largest HD IP TV broadcast infrastructure system at sea
Main broadcast control centre for ship's record 36 IP TV channels
Main broadcast control centre for ship's record 36 IP TV channels
The broadcast control centre is the most advanced on any ship
The broadcast control centre is the most advanced on any ship
VSM's AJA KiProHD Recorder rack
VSM's AJA KiProHD Recorder rack
SD8 console and Coolux Pandoras Box
SD8 console and Coolux Pandoras Box
TTP10 by VSM in Royal Theatre
TTP10 by VSM in Royal Theatre
VSM panel in broadcast control room
VSM panel in broadcast control room
HD screens in Royal Theatre
HD screens in Royal Theatre

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This November cruise ship Quantum of the Seas, the world’s third biggest cruise ship, set off on its maiden voyage to the Caribbean.

The vessel sets standards not just in terms of its size, but also in terms of the range of entertainment and technology it offers, with systems that will set a benchmark in the broadcasting industry.

The ship’s owners Royal Caribbean International chose VSM by L-S-B Broadcast Technologies for all of the on-board digital broadcasting requirements of the ship, which is the first to feature 36 on-board IPTV-channels in HD, broadcasting from various locations on board.

Wilfried Luff, managing director, L-S-B Broadcast Technologies told Digital Broadcast that installing the system was a challenge not so much because it is aboard a ship, but because of its size and integration.

"Installing our VSM system on a cruise ship in general isn’t very different from using our system within broadcast facilities or OBs. A speciality though in this project was the close interlacing of broadcast and theatre technology and the massive size (30 Nodes) of the MediorNe," said Luff.

Luff added that their system is designed to be able to communicate with and control nearly any part of the broadcast equipment aboard the cruise ship, which will visit Dubai and cruise from the Middle East this year, according to local media reports.

"For instance we control as well the projector lifts in the Royal Esplanade, the mall on the ship, via GPIO connection. Regarding audio VSM is scalable to the biggest systems and controls all Audio signals within the MediorNet directly," says Luff, adding that this is done via proprietary protocols or IP and GPIOs.

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