In a time of uncertainty among many parts of the broadcast industry, Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), part of the RTL Group, a Luxembourg-based media conglomerate that operates TV and radio channels as well as production companies located throughout Europe and Asia, has built one of the most impressive broadcast centers to come along in a decade. It makes no excuses for the forward-looking content handling concepts it has put into place at its new headquarters and looks forward to serving a myriad of innovative production and distribution applications for many years to come.
The new 36,000 square meter IP-based facility supports 24/7 broadcasting for a number of channels, including RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Chamber TV (Luxembourg), RTL TVI, Club RTL, Plug TV (Belgium), RTL4, RTL5, RTL7, RTL8, RTL Z (Netherlands), RTL9 and AB Groupe movie channels and SFR Sports channels (France).
Technology provider Snell Advanced Media (SAM) was brought in to help test a series of IP workflows and today continues to operate a test laboratory within RTL City to support the company’s growing IP-enabled requirements. Fiber-optic cabling, which is lighter (than coax) and bandwidth-friendly, supports the various systems and connects all floors of the Broadcast Center. There’s also a lot of Cat6 cable installed throughout the building for things like data networks, online access and a variety of control (KVM) functions.