Grass Valley will provide Russian satellite broadcaster NTV Plus with multichannel sports production equipment for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The Grass Valley-NTV Plus collaboration was completed via Grass Valley’s long-term Russian partner OKNO TV, alongside System Integrator PTS.
NTV Plus selected Grass Valley solutions as the hub for its integrated production, post, and distribution system. The systems will be reconfigurable after the Games and can also integrate with NTV Plus’s existing Grass Valley solutions. The semi-portable platform is due to be installed in Sochi in January 2014.
Included in the package are Grass Valley’s K2 Summit production client with a K2 Storage Area Network (SAN), GV STRATUS nonlinear media production tools with EDIUS editing capabilities, and a K2 Dyno S Replay Controller.
The K2 media server and storage platform includes the only media client that supports end-to-end SD/HD workflows in DVCPRO, MPEG-2, AVC-Intra, H.264/AVCHD, and DNxHD formats. Teamed with the K2 Dyno S Replay Controller and integrated with GV STRATUS, it offers an ideal solution for live events. K2 Summit can be configured as part of a SAN solution comprised of multiple K2 Summit clients, K2 media servers, and K2 RAID storage.
“We worked closely with Grass Valley last summer covering a number of London’s major sporting events,” said Oleg Kolesnikov, CTO, NTV Plus. “Drawing upon this positive experience we reached the natural conclusion to continue our relationship with Grass Valley as we move towards Sochi. With less than six months to go, we needed to act quickly, and Grass Valley was able to meet our immediate need for a fast, flexible, and reliable system that integrates smoothly with our existing production gear. Once again, Grass Valley has exceeded our expectations and delivered a system on time and on budget, allowing us to concentrate on our own preparations as excitement continues to build in Russia.”
“It’s great to be partnering with NTV Plus again,” added Said Bacho, SVP of EMEA, Grass Valley. “It’s important to us that we work flexibly with NTV Plus’s existing system to support them in the expansion of their capabilities and to maintain their first-rate reputation as a technologically superior organisation in the Russian broadcast market. Our solutions unify workflow and configurations that can be used in an infinite number of combinations across the entire production ecosystem. We are thrilled to be able to swiftly meet NTV Plus’s production needs for the Winter Games and to also help them plan for the future.”