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Timeline Television packs 4K/UHD into new cost-effective OB truck

Timeline Television has launched Streamline 2, a compact OB truck aimed at delivering remote productions for all budgets. The truck’s first outing was for the University of Gloucestershire’s varsity series against the University of Worcester. A cohort of the university’s broadcast students was involved in producing and capturing the sports event with the support of Timeline’s engineers. The event was broadcast live on the University of Worcester’s YouTube channel. 

The OB truck has also worked on various sporting and light entertainment events, including the Women’s FA Cup football tournament and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Curated by Carlos. 

Dan McDonnell, CEO for Timeline Television, commented, “Streamline 2 allows productions to have the same comprehensive facilities and high-quality broadcasting that they would expect from a larger OB unit in a cost-effective way.”

Streamline 2 is 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) and HD capable, and can facilitate six SMPTE camera channels, one super slo-mo camera channel, multiple RF and mini cameras. It features a 4K/UHD vision mixer, sound desk, replay server and graphics system. The truck has a dedicated tender with an on-board 25kVA generator with a three-hour uninterrupted power supply (UPS) back-up system. 

Streamline 2 enables production teams to have remote control from Timeline’s Broadcast Centre in London or MediaCityUK, or from their own facility. Remote production can be delivered over fibre, Internet, and even over limited connectivity using 4G or 5G. 

“We have seen a huge increase in demand for remote productions. However, there can be prohibitive connectivity costs for some productions,” McDonnell said. “We, therefore, set about to build a highly flexible OB truck that could provide support for a full on-site production team to complete remote solutions and everything in between.

“Having the equipment on-site supports robust disaster recovery options too.”

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