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Vislink acquisition V islink, the global technology business specialising in high performance wireless communications products and services for the broadcast, defence and security markets, has completed the acquisition of Pebble Beach Systems for a total consideration of £14.9 million. Founded in 2000, and employing over 60 staff, Pebble Beach Systems is a leading developer and supplier of automation, ‘channel in a box’ and content management solutions for TV broadcasters, cable and satellite operators. FreeRide World Tour B lackmagic Design has announced that the Swatch FreeRide World Tour by The North Face, which showcases the world’s best skiers and snowboarders executing stunts and runs at the top of Europe and North America’s biggest mountain ranges, is live streaming competitions using a Blackmagic Design broadcast infrastructure, including the Teranex 2D Processor and ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher. A self-contained production unit is constructed at the top of the mountain hosting one of the tours four European stops. Three tons of broadcast equipment is helidropped on to the mountain, where a 14 person production crew assembles the unit in a heated tent to protect from freezing cold winds of up to 100 km/h. The acquisition of Pebble Beach Systems will move Vislink into the provision of software solutions for playout with advanced software technology. The Company’s existing capabilities of offering broadcasters wireless communication systems for the capture of live TV coverage of news, entertainment and sports events will now be complemented with world class television automation and media management services for broadcast studios.  Vislink will now be able to offer broadcasters a complete ‘scene to screen’ solution. Furthermore Pebble Beach Systems will gain from access to significantly increased sales channels through the global network of over 900 broadcasters that Vislink works with as well as its international network of offices. TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 88 APRIL 2014 | 9