DTG, BBC and ITV carried out testing on the latest wireless microphone technology as a part of the PMSE (Programme Making and Special Events) programme this week. The testing was supported by a number of major equipment manufacturers and took place at the BBC Wood Norton Studios in Evesham.
The PMSE industry is going through the process of moving equipment deployments out of 700 MHz due to the frequencies being sold off for mobile services from May 2020.
This potentially has far-reaching consequences for content production as the spectrum available for deploying wireless microphones and other PMSE equipment will be considerably reduced. As a result, productions and events which heavily rely on wireless technology for audio such as Glastonbury, Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor, require new ways of working to condense down the spectrum needed for microphones, talkback systems, and in-ear monitors.
The testing at Wood Norton was assessing the performance of the latest digital wireless microphones in a studio environment when they have to be deployed much closer together in frequency.
The results and conclusions will assist PMSE users who are currently deciding how best to adapt their operations before the 2020 deadline.
The results are being processed and will be shared via the DTG’s PMSE Implementation Group. Additionally, a template for repeating the tests will be available through the DTG’s PMSE Coordination Report, which is in the final stages of review.
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