Toronto, Canada (March 13, 2008)--Global TV recently updated its studio complex in Toronto, Canada with a Riedel Communications' Artist Digital Matrix Intercom System. The system includes six Artist mainframes connected via fiber, over 80 control panels, Performer Digital Partyline and Connect Solo telephone interfaces.
Global TV, a division of CanWest Global Communications Corp, broadcasts via 10 television stations and reaches 96 percent of English-speaking Canada. The network is the Canadian home to many popular shows such as Survivor, 24 and Entertainment Tonight, as well as producing Canada's most-watched news program.
Gary Hodder, the broadcast system designer on the project, explained that Riedel was in a unique position to meet Global TV's needs. The decentralized architecture of the Artist intercom system, with its integrated fiber solution, was one of the key reasons for choosing the product. In addition, the system's ability to route broadcast quality AES audio and incorporate IP-based solutions for remote locations were important factors contributing to Global TV's decision. "All the features are excellent," Hodder summarized. "Riedel has a very viable product."
Nodes of various sizes connect via fiber to form a single decentralized non-blocking matrix. Each individual node is populated with Client Cards for interfacing to a variety of control panels and audio formats, including 4-wire, AES and MADI. The control panels are connected digitally to the mainframes bringing AES audio all the way to the panel over either CAT5 or coax cabling. Multiple other interfaces provide access to POTS and ISDN telephone lines, audio-over-IP and professional two-way radios.
Riedel Communications Inc.