CBS News Taps MultiDyne for Fiber-Optic Transport

CBS News is utilizing MultiDyne HalfCuBE and LiGHTCuBE fiber-optic transport solutions in field applications with a very high signal count. Leveraging robust fiber-optic transmission technology, MultiDyne’s HalfCuBE and LiGHTCuBE portable transport platforms support an increased number of channels over fewer fiber strands, enabling CBS News to more efficiently transmit high-quality HD, composite, audio, Ethernet, and data signals in remote broadcasting environments.

“A major challenge of broadcasting in the field is that access to fiber is limited,” said Mel Olinsky, director of operations at CBS News. “These fiber-optic transport systems allow us to carry more channels while minimizing the amount of fiber we need. At the recent Democratic and Republican conventions, we enhanced our ability to broadcast a large-scale televised event from a remote location.”

MultiDyne’s HalfCuBE and LiGHTCuBE are capable of transmitting up to 32 and 80 HD signals, respectively, and up to 128 and 225 audio channels from a compact, lightweight design with intercom and party-line beltpack support. Utilizing the fiber-optic transport solutions, CBS News can broadcast network news and sporting events that require an increased signal count and in environments where battery-powered equipment is needed. HalfCuBE and LiGHTCuBE can easily be integrated on-location, as well as linked with any other MultiDyne product, further expanding the broadcaster’s fiber reach.

The solutions run on a battery or AC power supply, and can be customized to include virtually any signal compilation. The highly flexible units can seamlessly transport signals over one single-mode fiber and support the following optical connectors: ST, SC, LC, TFOCA, PH, SMPTE, Tyco Expanded Beam, and Neutrik opticalCON. An Anton/Bauer or IDX mounting plate is also included for added reliability in the field.

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