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Sony, Telefónica partner for all-IP SIC facility

First of its kind in Portugal

Sony has partnered with Telefónica to deliver core components of Portugal’s first all-IP TV and multimedia production facility for commercial broadcaster SIC.

The project includes programme production, audio and integration of Sony’s Hive news system at SIC’s Lisbon and Porto production centres.

This open IP approach is said to allow SIC to route HDR-capable HD video, audio, synchronisation and control data in real time over standard network infrastructures.

Sony is also providing IP-enabled hardware elements for the project, including two XVS-7000 series multiformat video switchers and 12 HDC-1700 studio cameras, paired with latest-generation HDCU-3100 IP-enabled camera control units.

Meanwhile, SIC is upgrading its 24-hour news production capabilities with Media Backbone Hive, which delivers enhanced capabilities to share content seamlessly between regions and different platforms.

“This is what the future of television production looks like,” said Francisco Pedro Balsemão, CEO of SIC parent company Impresa Group. “IP gives us unparalleled flexibility and resilience to create better-looking content – faster and more efficiently, with wider creative possibilities.

“We have chosen Sony as a long-term partner to work with on this project, not only for the very high quality of the technology, but also because of the company’s consultancy and professional services, which have been so important to us for delivery of this project.”

“Migration to IP is pivotal to the fundamental evolution of our industry,” added Olivier Bovis, head of sales, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “As an active participant in SMPTE and other technical organisations, Sony plays a significant role in standardising the delivery of media content over IP networks.

“We are delighted to be working with a wide range of partners to create an open solution that allows SIC to enjoy all the benefits of an open all-IP architecture – today and tomorrow.”