Sky utilising Norwia AS miniHUB for 4K distribution at Osterley facility
By: David Davies
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 4:35 pm

Optical distribution product supplier Norwia AS has revealed that its miniHUB solutions have been chosen and deployed by Sky (UK) for the distribution of 4k video throughout its Osterley HQ and broadcasting facility.

For Sky the main challenges of distributing 4K internally over optical fibre were the distances involved, signal bandwidth capacity and the conversion from SDI to HDMI for monitoring purposes.

“The Norwia miniHUB met all our capacity, distance and SDI-HDMI conversion issues and did it with incredible power and flexibility,” said Bruce Kruger, director, TV Engineering, Sky (UK). “Not only does Norwia solve today’s optical transport solutions but the flexibility of the miniHUB Auto-SFP functionality makes it easy to broaden or change the scope of how we use the solution moving forward.”

The Norwia miniHUB has a number of features that made it ideal for the Sky project, including:

– Transporting UHD signals and decoding to HDMI in a single solution

– The ability to change function through one card – for example a UHD to Optical conversion or visa-vesa or an HDMI convertor

– Single card functionality enables Norwia to provide additional functionality in the future as new technologies come on-stream

“We’re delighted to have been chosen to enable Sky to distribute UHD video throughout its Osterley HQ and broadcast facility,” said, Tore Steen, CEO, Norwia AS. “We believe that the growth in UHD will increase the market for optical transport solutions and aniticipating this we’ve solved many of the issues involved in making this a practical reality, leading to Sky choosing our solutions for this important project.”

To find out more visit the Norwia booth at IBC (Hall 10, Stand C10).