July 14, 2015
By Nur Zalikha Khamis
Istanbul, Turkey – At IBC, Hitachi Kokusai Electric will stage a European debut of its new OB-BOX concept, which is claimed by the company to offer entirely new levels of outside broadcast (OB) operational flexibility, cost-efficiency and technical performance right up to ultra-HDTV capabilities. Since its launch earlier this year, Hitachi reports high levels of interest amongst international broadcasters and production companies in this novel OB solution.
In essence, Hitachi’s OB-BOX is a fully featured modular OB facility, which is delivered to the customer and then mounted onto a vehicle’s chassis using a proprietary fixing kit. This approach significantly reduces the manufacture and delivery time in any market worldwide since it removes the need to source and ship an appropriate vehicle for each customer. The OB-BOX comes in three different configurations which support four, eight and 12 production cameras. The option of a booth side extension adds further flexibility to unit sizing. In addition, an ability to connect two OB-BOX units in a cascade configuration adds more versatility and facilitates many different sizes of OB unit up to 20 camera mobile facilities.