MTV Networks needed to bring Spike, TV Land, and Comedy Central under one roof to allow these workgroups to have greater access to shared storage, transmission, production stages, and duplication resources. The intent of this project was to design and install broadcast infrastructure into a new location that would support the migration of existing equipment from current operations, prepare MTVN for high-definition production and post work., and afford greater flexibility than the existing facilities.
Separating the two biggest challenges of the project into two independent teams was the key to the success of the project. The first was the migration of the current equipment being used at the three network locations. MTV and part of the TSG team worked closely to identify what equipment could be reused in the new design and what would be discarded. Once the equipment was properly labeled, sorting it to speed the installation on the other side was next step in limiting the amount of down time for each network. The window for each migration ranged from fourteen days to less than 10. TV land had the least amount of new equipment, but the shortest migration window. The decision to move them last allowed everyone to work out any kinks in the plan which proved to be a good decision. Apart from the three network channels, an additional 42 edit suites and 5 stages were built out for use by MTV network production and post production groups. A large equipment room provided the infrastructure for intensive fiber and cooper connectivity to each of these rooms. The equipment room also served as a hub point for connecting the intra-building workgroups with other MTV facilities in Times Square and Long Island.
Finally to support the workgroups, a large tape duplication center of 44 machines was built out to handle inter-format transfers. Conversion equipment allowed transfers to and from analog and HD formats. DVD and Blue-ray duplication was also possible through a Rimage Producer III.