Flight of Discovery for new Evertz DreamCatcher
Evertz has announced that Discovery has become the first broadcaster in the world to implement BRAVO, the newest addition to its DreamCatcher suite of live production tools.
Discovery is adopting the collaborative system for its direct-to-consumer streaming service, Food Network Kitchen, and will now be able to deliver “numerous, complex live shows from many different locations with minimal staff”.
Rob Goldheim, Discovery’s group vice president of production engineering, explained, “Our main production challenge was delivering a large number of live events without dramatically increasing staffing levels. By adding DreamCatcher™ and BRAVO functionality, we are able to manage any number of live events with very small crews – usually just one TV producer and an engineer,” he said.
“The system is reliable, cost effective and collaborative, and also meets the stringent quality requirements that Discovery demands of all its programme content.”
Live sports in the Balkans gets fresh insight
Net Insight is providing a new contribution network based on its Nimbra platform throughout the Balkans for Serbia’s Arena Sport.
The pay-TV sports network recently won the broadcasting rights for the NBA and Euronews Serbia in the Balkans. Net Insight’s professional services team, together with local partner Tera Adria have built the new network which connects the satellite reception location in Belgrade with the main centre (also in the city), and a remote studio in Ljubljana in Slovenia. From here, the sports content is being localised and then transmitted throughout the Balkans region.
“We have successfully launched new high-end sports broadcasts to our viewers, thanks to an easy and fast network deployment,” said Darko Petrovic, COO at Arena Sport. “It has been enabled by Net Insight’s high-quality solution which empowers dynamic and reliable media transport.
Net Insight CEO Crister Fritzson added, “Arena Sport is a new customer of ours and we are thrilled to support them in accomplishing new sports broadcasting with highest quality,” he said. “We look forward to continue working together in the future to satisfy the needs of dedicated live sports fans in this region.”
Nemeton TV takes Quantum leap in storage solutions
Elsewhere, Quantum has announced that Nemeton TV has deployed a storage solution consisting of Quantum StorNext file storage software and a Scalar tape archive. According to Quantum, the system “delivers the storage reliability required for producing live sporting events, reduces time to ingest and access content under tight deadlines, and provides greater scalability as Nemeton TV transitions to new streaming delivery models”.
Irial Mac Murchú, CEO of Nemeton TV said that Quantum solution “enables us to meet our current needs while providing the scalability and expandability for what we be doing five and ten years down the road.”
ProSiebenSat.1 strikes MatchBox deal with Hitomi
Germany-based ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of Europe’s leading satellite and cable broadcasters, has purchased a MatchBox system from Hitomi Broadcast. The system streamlines live broadcast synchronisation and ensures the timing of live sports, news and events. The installation comprises xFrame, MatchBox Generator and MatchBox Analyser 3G as part of a “solution-focused project to help streamline their live production workflows”.
ProSiebenSat.1 combines 15 free and pay-TV channels, and reaches more than 45 million TV households in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.