Red Bee Media has opened their second Red Lab facility in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Red Lab Hilversum will focus on product development, testing and demonstrations of IP and software-based solutions for video acquisition, compression, contribution and distribution services. Under the Red Lab name, Red Bee Media is formalizing its R&D efforts with multiple connected facilities across the globe. The first Red Lab opened in London in February 2019 and a third facility will be launched in Stockholm during the year.

“Red Lab Hilversum gives us a great opportunity to develop and test our IP enabled capabilities, increasing the value we bring to our customers in live video services and remote production. We are committed to putting multitenant platform innovation at the heart of what we do as an agile managed services provider in the broadcasting and media industry”, says Kris Langbridge, Head of Distribution Services, Red Bee Media.

“With the combination of Red Lab London and Red Lab Hilversum, we will now be able to demonstrate end-to-end IP workflows between multiple countries and demonstrate how Red Bee Media is leading the industry in multitenant IP platform technology”, says David Travis, Chief Services Portfolio Officer, Red Bee Media.

Launching Red Lab Hilversum, Red Bee Media performed a successful trial of IP contribution technologies. The trial involved testing the possibility to deliver uncompressed video over a redundant long-haul connection (2 x 35 km) from the Amsterdam Arena into the MCR test platform in Red Lab Hilversum. With a 100 % stable IP connection, delivering a stunning 1080p HLG HDR signal, the test was a success.

“This trial was a huge achievement and it validated our designs for distribution timing protocols and stable packet delivery. We were able to stretch and improve the capabilities of our current technology stack, adding bleeding edge components through its paces. As a result of this trial, we now have a whole new list of exciting ideas to explore with our partners” says Henk den Bok, Strategic Product Manager, Distribution Services, Red Bee Media.


Red Lab Hilversum

Testing facilities for IP based solutions invideo contribution and distribution services (incl. video routing, SDI to IP conversion, FPGA, automation, control and monitoring)

Product development of new solutions to meet the challenges inherent in the migration towards IP based services (incl. PTP resilience, achieving zero packet loss across distributed networks, and security).

Demonstrations showcasing Red Bee Medias managed services portfolio in live video contribution, software-based encoding and distribution services


Persbericht in het Nederlands

Press Release – Red Lab Hilversum – (NL) 2019-07-10

For more information please contact

Jesper Wendel, Head of Communications, Red Bee Media

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+33(0)786 63 19 21

About Red Bee Media
Red Bee Media is a leading global media services company with a staff of more than 2500 media service and broadcast experts. With the head office in London, UK, Red Bee Media provides services from 11 main hubs around the world. Every day, millions of people on all continents watch television programs prepared, managed and broadcast by Red Bee Media staff. Every year, the business delivers 4 million hours of programming in more than 60+ languages for over 500 TV channels. Red Bee Media’s OTT services include live transcoding of 233 channels for broadcasters and 119 standalone channels provided to 1.7 million subscribers. The company’s content discovery portfolio spans more than 10 million movies and program titles, covering over 25 languages, and includes an image database with over 90 percent of all programming available across traditional TV, VOD and SVOD. Red Bee Media also provides over 200,000 hours of captioning each year – more than 70,000 hours of which is live. Red Bee Media is an equal opportunity employer, with a clear focus on embracing diversity and creating an inclusive workplace throughout the entire organization.

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