Sky Deutschland's new sport Cube gears up

Sky Deutschland Cube
Neal Romanek
November 29th 2016 at 10:41AM : By Neal Romanek

Sky Deutschland's new sports broadcast facility will feature audio by Jünger

Sky Deutschland's new broadcast centre, located near Munich, and dubbed "The Cube" will become operational next year. The facility will comprise two studios - 600 square metres and 250 sqare metres, plus an additional new surface of 250 square metres for Bundesliga coverage. The broadcaster claims the Cube will be one of the largest and most modern broadcast IT infrastructures for live sport in Europe.

The Cube will produce all Sky Deutschland's live sports programming, including the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, EHF Handball Champions League, golf, tennis and Formula 1. It will also be used to create content for digital platforms and for Sky Sport News HD. The first trials are planned for June 2017, while the first live productions to air are scheduled for July 2017.

Sky Deutschland chose Jünger Audio’s "Smart Audio" concept, specifying the company’s D*AP audio processing units for its new sports programming broadcast centre.

Working through Qvest Media, which was responsible for the construction of the new centre, Jünger Audio supplied two D*AP CODEC Edition eight-channel surround processors and two D*AP FLX eight-channel surround processors, all of which have SDI and Dante interfaces. These will be used to decode Dolby from incoming feeds so that channel shuffling and mix preconditioning can be applied to individual national feeds. Jünger Audio has also supplied four D*AP TAP Edition eight-channel surround television audio processors, which will be used for loudness management and final Dolby E encoding. The entire audio processing system is controlled by eight XAP RMI universal remote control panels.

Jünger Audio’s "Smart Audio" is underpinned by a collection of adaptive processing algorithms that enable them to deliver an optimised experience. With Jünger's D*AP, the new facility hopes to distribute high quality sound more efficiently, with minimal requirement for manual control or intervention from an operator. The processors employ the industry standard Ember+ remote protocol. They also support Audinate’s Dante digital media networking technology, which enables them to interface easily with audio over IP (AoIP) networks.

“We have designed the system around Jünger Audio devices to meet Sky’s high demands on flexibility and audio quality," said Daniel Url, MD of Qvest Media, "so Jünger Audio’s Smart Audio concept really was the system of choice for both Sky and Qvest Media. During the installation, we received excellent support from Jünger, as the system was installed in a record breaking time.”

Peter Poers, CEO of Junger Audio, added: “Sky’s installation is a Smart Audio solution because it makes use of intelligent and complementary audio algorithms throughout the broadcast chain and combines them with perfect control integration. The result is an impressive, forward-looking system that delivers the best quality with maximum efficiency and flexibility.”