Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, has joined forces with the National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus (Belarus TV) to deliver optimized, end-to-end workflows and infrastructure for the broadcaster’s four new outside broadcast (OB) vans. Designed and built by German OB specialists Broadcast Solutions GmbH, these new vans will produce and deliver coverage of the 2019 European Games, taking place in Minsk from June 21-30, 2019.
Belarus TV, which operates six television channels and five radio stations, is migrating from SD to HD and wanted to leverage more efficient and flexible workflows to optimize its live event coverage. Fitted out with a complete end-to-end HD workflow and infrastructure from Grass Valley, the new OB vans will enable the broadcaster to meet the growing demands from viewers for more live sports coverage and better quality images.
This investment is an extension of Grass Valley’s collaboration with Belarus TV, having previously worked with Broadcast Solutions to deliver a significant upgrade to two of Belarus TV’s production studios that included Kahuna production switchers, Sirius 800 routers and a host of other Grass Valley equipment. The national broadcaster’s decision to work with Grass Valley on this HD OB project was driven by the confidence that its solutions deliver the required quality and efficiency. Grass Valley supplied its Focus 75 switchable HD system camera, LDX 82 and LDX 86 cameras, and each van is fitted with the K2 Dyno S replay system, a Karrera K-Frame production switcher, EDIUS editing capability, a Sirius router and iQ Modular interfacing and signal processing. Recording and editing is supported by the Grass Valley T2 solution.
Alexander Bogatkin, general manager Russia and CIS, Grass Valley commented: “Although broadcasters are under pressure from changing consumer habits, live content remains attractive to viewers. Supporting live sports event coverage is an important part of every broadcaster’s arsenal and we are very proud that Belarus TV has turned to us once again to support their transition to HD. The fact that we have earned and maintained Belarus TV’s trust underlines Grass Valley’s commitment to delivering market leading solutions that meet the real world challenges that our customers face.”