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BBC R&D brings Stagebox to market

BBC R&D today commercially launched Stagebox, a camera-mounted device that enables programme makers to link multiple cameras, and move HD content, over a standard internet network for the very first time.

The device, which the BBC says is an important step in helping the broadcast industry move toward a truly open and end-to-end internet protocol (IP) production chain, combines all professional broadcast feeds and cabling – including video, audio, talkback, tally lights, timecode and Genlock – and distributes them over standard IP technologies. It allows professional quality footage to be streamed remotely to any gallery or post-production team with an internet connection, in real-time, wherever they may be.

By combining multiple cumbersome cables into one small box, Stagebox can simplify rigging and production workflows considerably. It also allows programme makers to replace expensive broadcast-specific equipment with relatively low-cost, standard IT hardware, such as wireless routers, switches and network cabling.

Licensed internationally from today through official distributor L2Tek, BBC hopes it will transform the broadcast production process.  

Stagebox has already achieved industry recognition for its technical achievements, having won the InTECH Technical Developments Award at NAB 2012, when the product was a prototype.

Matthew Postgate, Controller, BBC R&D, said: “BBC R&D has ushered in the future of broadcasting technology since 1922, and we’re adding another significant milestone to that legacy with Stagebox. By enabling end-to-end broadcast production over standard IP technologies for the first time, programme makers around the globe can start to reap the benefits of IP, reducing cost, complexity and time-to-air for a wide range of productions.

“We also hope that Stagebox will be a catalyst for future innovation in broadcast production, having designed it around open standards for others to build on, as only BBC R&D can do.”