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Playout refresh for Newfoundland TV

Newfoundland TV (NTV) will add a playout system to support its round the clock Master Control Room (MCR) operation

Canadian broadcaster Newfoundland TV (NTV) will add a playout system to support its round the clock Master Control Room (MCR) operation, replacing an aging incumbent system.

Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on the most easterly point of Canada, the station reaches eight million households.

The NTV engineering team have been running a project to replace their existing server solution, and aQ Broadcast had previously installed its aVS video server system for storage and playback of news content.

The news solution provided a single aVS Store with mirrored playout across two aVS Port nodes, including support for alpha-channel key+fill material, and made ingest/review functionality available from any networked workstation. The new MCR system adds two dedicated, mirrored aVS Stores for transmission content, with two aVS Port nodes, configured to run independent playout chains, for complete redundancy.

Dean Sullivan, NTV Studio chief engineer, said, “We are very pleased with the new content management and playout solutions in both our newsroom and MCR. I can state with confidence that aQ Broadcast go above and beyond with their professionalism, leaving their competition far behind.”

Neil Hutchins, aQ Broadcast CEO, added, “This is our third project with NTV over the last two years, which demonstrates their confidence in our product range, particularly in relation to handling of their commercial content. We’ve been able to add a number of new features at their request, including direct support for clips transferred from their existing server platform, removing the time-consuming export and transcode process, plus schedule import from their traffic system.”