Timeline introduces Streamline 2 compact OB truck for all budgets
Timeline Television has launched a new compact OB truck that has been built specifically to offer broadcasters, producers and federations a more cost-effective option for doing remote production.
Streamline 2 enables production teams to have remote control from Timeline’s Broadcast Centre in London or MediaCityUK or from their own facility.
The OB truck is 4K and HD capable and can facilitate six SMPTE camera channels, one super slo-mo camera channel, multiple RF and mini cameras.
Timeline Television CEO Dan McDonnell commented: “Streamline 2 allows productions to have the same comprehensive facilities and high-quality broadcasting that they would expect from a larger OB unit in a cost-effective way.”
McDonnell added: “We are able to offer higher-end production features typically found in larger budget productions and make them accessible to all with Timeline’s flexible Streamline 2.”
Streamline 2 features a 4K vision mixer, a comprehensive sound desk, an 8-in/2-out replay server and a high-end graphics system. The truck has a dedicated tender with an onboard 25kVA generator with a three-hour UPS backup system.
It enables remote productions to be delivered over fibre, internet and even over limited connectivity using 4G and 5G.
McDonnell said: “We have seen a huge increase in demand for remote productions. However, there can be prohibitive connectivity costs for some productions. We, therefore, set out to build a highly flexible OB truck that could provide support for a full onsite production team to a complete remote solution and everything in between. Having the equipment onsite supports robust disaster recovery options too.”
Streamline 2’s first outing was for the University of Gloucestershire’s Varsity series against the University of Worcester. A cohort of the university’s broadcast students were involved in producing and capturing the event with the support of Timeline’s engineers and it was broadcast live on the University of Gloucester’s YouTube channel.
The truck has also worked on various sporting events including the Women’s FA Cup.