Facilities company to provide RF services for the technically complex production

Love island

Timeline Television has been awarded the contract to deliver RF (radio frequency) facilities for ITV hit Love Island.

Production of the reality TV show, which returns to ITV2 in the summer, is technically complex as its two key 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.

Timeline is providing broadcasting facilities to connect the sites before transmitting the finished edit live to ITV2.

Timeline will use Vislink encoders to transmit over four different RF links at various frequencies between the sites.

As well as the cross-site links, Timeline partner with Telenor to secure 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.

“In 2018, Timeline will provide over 180 uplink hours across the eight 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 of ITV Studios.

Timeline is providing OB facilities for the Chelsea Flower Show in a couple of weeks and RF facilities for next weekend’s Royal Wedding for both BBC and ABC News.