TV goes fibre optics

The technology in the broadcast sector is developing more and more in the direction of fibre optics. Compared to conventional copper cables, fibre optic cables offer more bandwidth and lower attenuation data transmission. The Draka IP MediaLine Fiber based on the SMPTE ST 2110 standard ensures high-speed data transport via IP networks.

The product range includes non-metallic, gel-filled fibre optic central tube cables with two to 24 fibres for indoor broadcast applications. With its FireRes® jacket, the non-metallic, gel-filled cable is ideal for indoor installation. It meets the CPR fire protection class Cca and has a dielectric glass yarn armouring for rodent resistance and high water insulation.

The IP MediaLine Fiber cable series also includes the MFC OS2 fibre optic cable for mobile outdoor applications. The tightly buffered 9/125 fibre cables are equipped with the patented BendBright® technology, which makes them very insensitive to bending and robust. BendBright® combines three features: high sensitivity to macro-bending, the new Draka Colorlock XS coating and a tight glass geometry. BendBright® XS fibres are the first choice for all patch cord, interconnect and jumper applications, offering companies measurable technical, economic and environmental benefits.

With their high bandwidth and robust material, Draka fibre optic cables meet the high demands of film and television production. They comply with the SMPTE 2110 standard, which describes the transmission of digital video signals (video stream) over an IP network in real time. In contrast to earlier IP video standards, the transmission takes place in uncompressed format. Each data set (video, audio and additional data) is synchronised with each other without influencing each other. This allows separate routing and editing of the data - even with metadata (timecode, subtitles and teletext) assigned to the data sets.