Red Bee Media is using video transport and monitoring technology from Nevion to send Channel 4 programming from Horseferry Road to its broadcast centre in White City.

Dedicated diverse redundant optical circuits are being used for the job, making use of Nevion Flashlink fibre transport modules.

Video and data traffic is to be carried over fibre using DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing), an optical
technology used to increase bandwidth over existing connections.

“Red Bee Media passes on more than 150 video signals to C4’s coding and distribution suppliers, so this was always set to be complex,” said Nevion managing director UK operations Nick Pywell. “DWDM was the best choice as it provides cost savings, and additional services can be accommodated with the minimum time and capital outlay.”

C4’s transmission facilities are currently being transferred to a purpose-built playout facility at Red Bee Media’s broadcast centre.

All linear channels have been migrated but non-linear output including on-demand services are still housed at Horseferry Road.