Montréal Canadiens’ Bell Centre

Montreal, QC

Le Club de Hockey Canadiens Inc. owns and operates the Montreal Canadiens professional hockey team, which is one of the oldest franchises in the National Hockey League. The team’s resident arena facility is the Bell Centre, located in Montréal, Québec.

The Bell Center wanted to convert their baseband 1080i infrastructure into a SMPTE ST 2110 IP-based UHD 60p infrastructure. 

Applied Electronics was awarded the multi-phase IP project to provide consultation, design, supply and integration of the new solution with existing equipment in the live production broadcast facility.

Applied Electronics Upgrades Montréal Canadiens’ Bell Centre to a SMPTE ST 2110 IP-Based UHD 60p Infrastructure.

Phase 1 began in 2021 and was completed in late 2022 and it involved the implementation of a Ross XPression Tessera infrastructure to drive the 2x Ring, the VOMS, and the scoreboard. The XPression Tessera is a multi-faceted solution for managing and filling video displays in any studio or venue. Additionally, Applied Electronics renewed the entire control room using their existing equipment.

Phase 2 kicked off in late 2022 with the upgrade of core legacy equipment with IP technology solutions.

Over the course of two weeks,  Applied Electronics implemented Bell Centre’s system with an Arista infrastructure that’s based on the 7289 modular switch router and 2 chassis. Also integrated in the system are two Telestream Prism SDI/IP waveform monitors, a Meinberg SPG generator,  an EVS XT-VIA live production server, two EVS Neuron network attached processors, and EVS Cerebrum IP licenses for the broadcast control and monitoring system.

SMPTE ST 2110 IP-based UHD 60p infrastructure

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Convert baseband 1080i infrastructure into a SMPTE ST 2110 IP-based UHD 60p infrastructure

Phase 3 will begin in 2023 and involve the replacement of the remaining legacy equipement  pieces requiring an upgrade to IP 1080p.

This includes 10 Sony 4K IP UHD cameras, a Ross video switcher, a Calrec Argo digital control surface broadcast mixing console, and the newly launched Calrec ImPulse 1 SMPTE ST 2110-based IP core router, which is a small but powerfull new audio router. Additionally, more EVS Neuron network attached processors will be added to the system.

In 2024, Bell Cenre’s scoreboard will be upgraded to a UHD scorboard as part of Phase 4. Additionally, there will be UHD options for all equipment, including a total of 16 EVS Neuron processors for UHD 60p capability, two EVS XT-VIA for UHD 12CH, and a Ross Tessera nodes for UHD, and an EVS Mosaic multiviewer.

The completion of this 3-year project will mark Bell Centre as the most advanced IP-based infrastructure arena in North America.

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