Arctic Live

Timeline's RF facilities enable live transmission of BBC's Arctic Live.

Arctic Live, the three-part series, explored the planet’s last undiscovered wilderness and was shown on BBC Two in November 2016.

From the edge of the Canadian Arctic, Kate Humble, Simon Reeve and Gordon Buchanan were live on the shores of Hudson Bay to discover what life was really like on top of the world.

Award-winning wildlife cameraman Gordon (The Polar Bear Family and Me) discovered what it was like to live in Churchill, a town where the world’s largest living land carnivore is right on your doorstep. The production team was live on the tundra to bring viewers the very latest from the bears.

Timeline was thrilled to be providing facilities for Arctic Live, including flyaway production facilities, radio cameras and presentation facilities on two huge, 4WD Tundra Buggies that acted as mobile camera platforms. One carried the presentation team, while the other was used to track some of the remote Arctic wildlife action.

All the camera feeds from the buggies were IP wireless linked, using the latest H265 technology, over 20km back to the main site in Churchill, where Timeline was providing production facilities. In addition, COFDM links carried camera video feeds over the same path. The main production gallery was equipped with Timeline’s matrix, vision control, video server and control of remote switching on the buggy over the RF data link. Timeline also provided the satellite uplink for the live broadcasts to BBC viewers in the UK.

Timeline specialises in the latest RF technology, allowing production teams the freedom to ‘broadcast anywhere’. Our areas of expertise include using wireless cameras on motorcycles, boats, helicopters and aircraft to cover a range of sporting, arts, entertainment and natural history events, including the Great Run series, Glastonbury and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup.

Arctic Live 1 website

Arctic Live website 3