Transmission and Playout

The Maidstone Studios has a long standing reputation of channel management, right from conception through to long running playout and transmission.

Transmission - Connectivity

Our on-site data centre provides connectivity to and from the outside world and can be achieved over a fully resilient fibre network with bandwidth allocation of your choice. A range of antennae (9m down to 2.4m) both fixed and steerable, are available for both uplinks and backhaul.

Playout

A fully-automated playout service is available; this can be tailored to the specific needs of the channel. Maidstone Studios offers a bespoke personally managed solution and can help with every step – from channel conception through to launch, and then with the ongoing playout and schedule management.

TVRO Dish Farm

An extensive dish farm containing the following steerable and fixed TVROs currently pointed at satellites as listed below.

SIZE DETAIL

  • 9m (steerable) Amos (4W)
  • 6.1m (steerable)
  • 6.1m (steerable)
  • 4.5m (steerable)
  • 3m Pas (4W)
  • 3m Hotbird (13E) & W2 (16E)
  • 2.4m W2 (16E)
  • 2.4m Astra (19.2E)
  • 2.4m W1 (10E)
  • 2.4m Sirius (5E)
  • 2.4m Sirius (5E)
  • 2.4m Eurobird (28.5E)
  • 2.4m Int 707 (1W)
  • 1m W2 (16E)
  • 80cm Astra (19.2E)
  • 80cm W3 (7E)
  • 40cm Astra2 (28.2E)
  • 40cm Astra2 (28.2E)

Uplinks

The earth station terminal consists of a 9 metre ku band tracking antenna manufactured by vertex communications.

The system operates in the transmit frequency band 12.75-13.25 GHz(capable of operating 14.0-14.5) and the receive frequency band 107.7-11.7GHz.

The transmit system is designed as a 4+1 redundant configuration but sub-equipped for 1+1.

The antenna pointing controlled by an intelligent antenna tracking controller and the receive system is equipped with two satellite TV receivers, one for monitoring the transmitted carrier, and the second for monitoring the received carrier.

The Studios

Studio 512,000 sq ft

The Maidstone TV Studios Truss System - Studio 5

Studio 5 is one of the UK's largest TV floors, fully HD or SD equipped and is really is an amazing space for 'Super Shows', rehearsal space or as a sound stage.

Studio 5

Studio 26,000 sq ft

Studio 2 is fully equipped and ideal for medium/large SD/HD productions.

Studio 2

Find us

By Car

Navigate to The Maidstone Studios, Vinters park, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5NZ. We’re just off the M20, Junction 7 sign-posted Maidstone. Find us on Google maps.

London Gatwick:  40 mins
London Heathrow: 60 mins
Folkestone/Dover: 35 mins

By Train

The nearest train station is Maidstone East (there are two train stations in Maidstone). Trains depart from London Victoria and London Bridge. From St Pancras it’s 15 minutes to Ebbsfleet where we can pick you and your team up with our mini bus or limousine. This service is for production companies only – not audiences.

London Bridge : 45 mins
London Victoria : 55 mins
St Pancras to Ebbs Fleet: 15 mins, plus 20 mins by road.
Ashford Int: 20 mins