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Arena launches 4K trucks with Grass Valley

21 April 2016
Arena launches 4K trucks with Grass Valley

Arena Television is launching three new 4K trucks throughout the next year, in co-operation with Grass Valley.

Arena says it is ‘embracing developments in IP-based video production’, and has chosen Grass Valley to supply the key product solutions in its three trucks – OBX, OBY and OBZ.

“This is a very significant investment,” said Richard Yeowart, group managing director of Arena.

“We believe that basing our infrastructure on emerging technology will deliver the most powerful and advanced OB trucks in the world, capable of providing the service and flexibility customers will be expecting and demanding in the coming years.”

Arena has committed to purchasing a range of new technologies, headlined by the new LDX 86N Series native 4K cameras with XF Fiber base stations.

The first of the new fleet, OBX is designed to support 32 camera productions and utilise end-to-end IP connectivity. The design is based around a Cisco IP switch, of which the core infrastructure is fibre, running 10GigE and, where enabled, 40GigE.

“Arena is a great example of a company that is looking to the future, making decisions and investments that will position them well to deliver content that stands above what is currently on the market,” explained Jan-Pieter van Welsem, vice president of sales and marketing, Grass Valley.

“A lot of thought and planning went into this move, and knowing that our solutions are playing a key role is very gratifying.”

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