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CCTV Goes IP with Clear-Com

Clear-Com connects China Global Television Network internally and overseas.

China (May 16, 2018)—China Central Television (CCTV) has created potentially the largest IP-based communications system in the broadcast world, a recently upgraded hybrid solution of IP, wireless and traditional components from Clear-Com.

The system combines 15 Eclipse HX Omega frames, 20 Eclipse HX PiCo frames, more than 200 V-Series intercom panels and 10 sets of FreeSpeak II wireless beltpack systems into a network with four existing Eclipse frames, 146 V-Series panels and 25 FreeSpeak II beltpacks.

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“TV production increasingly requires precise coordination between many groups of people in a variety of locations,” explained Xue Zhixing, deputy chief of Broadcast Center General Control Department for CCTV. “The addition of LQ Series interfaces to our system a few years ago gave us the ability to link remote and overseas intercom and audio systems over LAN, WAN or IP networks, but it was time to increase our communications reach yet again.”

The implementation of Clear-Com’s IVC-32 card for the Eclipse digital matrix system, Agent-IC licenses and free smart devices apps now allows CCTV to communicate with crews, whether in the studio or at any location where internet connectivity is available.

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The new system also connects to the new China Global Television Network (CGTN) and various overseas locations. The upgraded system has been used for coverage of the 90th anniversary parade of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the Zhurihe Training Base in Inner Mongolia, and the broadcast of the 2017 BRICS National Summit in Xiamen—an international relations conference attended by the heads of the five-member states: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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