Media Links & VIDI Help Win Viewers for Winter Sports in Germany


Last Updated: March 6, 2017 10:48 am GMT
(March 6, 2017) Media Links, a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award winner and market leader in media over IP transport solutions, has announced its partner and German based distributor VIDI is helping win viewers for winter sports competition coverage in Germany. VIDI has provided OB services and technology, including Media Links’ MD8000 IP transport solution, to supply coverage of ski jumping, alpine skiing and biathlon from various remote locations for live transmission by the German public broadcaster ARD and ZDF.

“As an independent service provider with more than 25 years’ experience in professional broadcast services, our clients rely on us to support the transmission of international and national live sporting events,” confirms Jürgen Jahn, managing director, VIDI GmbH. “For this year’s winter sports programme in Germany, we have provided a small OB van equipped with a Media Links MD8000 IP transport solution plus our network monitoring system. We have arranged fibre capacity from the remote winter sport event locations to the studios of ARD and ZDF and also temporarily installed an MD8000 at each studio.

“This configuration enables the production crews from ARD and ZDF to capture their own content from the competitions. Our OB engineer then receives the separate live HD streams while Media Links’ MD8000 enables the transport of the content over the fibre networks to ARD Frankfurt and ZDF’s Studio in Mainz both for live transmission. The MD8000 also provides a return path for signals including data and file transfer.”

John Smith, managing director, Media Links EMEA comments: “Media Links’ IP transport and switching solutions create a seamless network infrastructure for broadcast IP content delivery, connecting studios with remote venues which is of particular value for live events. Using this model means broadcasters no longer need to carry the high cost of producing live events on-site.

“Media Links’ solutions are deployed globally by broadcasters and major telco’s and have been used to provide live content contribution for events including the Sochi Winter games and World Cup soccer, experiencing 100% uptime,” continues Smith. “In fact, Media Links has an installed customer base of over 1000 sports venues, serving customers on six continents, providing backbone technology behind many major events around the globe. We are now delighted our technology is helping ARD and ZDF win viewers for winter sports in Germany.”

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About Media Links
Founded in 1993 with its headquarters in Kawasaki, Japan, Media Global Links Co., Ltd. is a leading developer and manufacturer of broadcast network infrastructure and media transport solutions. Media Links is the umbrella brand name supported by Media Global Links in Japan, Media Links Inc. in Connecticut, USA, Media Links EMEA in the UK and ML AU Pty Ltd. in Australia. The Company’s mission is to offer broadcasters and network providers throughout the world leading edge technology, enabling them to economically transport the complete suite of content signals – 4K, HD/SD video, audio or data - onto their multi-service IP/Ethernet networks. Operating as a pioneer at the forefront of technological innovations and advancements, Media Links provides the only standards based product suite in the market that enables the adoption of media signal types to Telecom standards (IP, Ethernet, SDH, SONET). In 2014, Media Links was awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award for Standardization and Productization of JPEG2000 (J2K) Interoperability. Media Global Link’s common stock is listed and traded on the JASDAQ Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange under the Security Code Number 6659. For more information, please visit:

About VIDI
VIDI is a global independent service provider with more than twenty-five years of experience in professional broadcast services, offering an expert team that has established an excellent reputation in the industry. VIDI is well based to support its clients worldwide in the field of converging broadcast and telecommunication technologies.


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