Norway’s largest commercial broadcaster, TV 2 Norway, has chosen Grass Valley‘s Kaleido-IP Video Multiviewer as part of its migration to open standards-based IP workflows. TV 2 provides a range of programming including news, sports, entertainment, children’s programming, TV series, movies, and magazine shows. It is extending a longstanding partnership with Grass Valley so that it can […]
The Sydney, Australia-based global live event streaming expert, Corrivium, has chosen Grass Valley’s GV AMPP (Agile Media Processing Platform) to stream high-profile virtual events at broadcast quality. GV AMPP is being now used by Corrivium’s teams and has already covered a global event for a leading technology company. “During the last year, almost all physical events have moved […]
Broadcasters are calling on multiviewers to work in traditional, hybrid and IP environments, monitoring many different formats and high numbers of input and output signals. Vendors say they’re keeping up, while advancing in virtualization, compression and resolution. Above, TAG’s probing, monitoring and multiviewing platform for real-time video.
Broadcasters are warming to using robotics for remote camera operations, having seen crucial improvements in camera movement, better object and face tracking, new movement patterns and stronger overall automation. Above, a camera operator stands behind Ross Video’s remote panbar system, capturing the action on the field at a college baseball game.
Electronic Arts Competitive Gaming Entertainment (CGE), the company’s esports division, selected Grass Valley’s GV AMPP (Agile Media Processing Platform) to enable fully distributed, remote production for its major competitive gaming events EA Sports FIFA 21 and Apex Legends. The end-to-end cloud workflow allows EA to deliver broadcast quality storytelling to its global fanbase — with a production […]
Grass Valley is continuing it push toward to a cloud-first, software-based future with the appointment of media technology expert Barbara DeHart as director of alliances for the GV Media Universe. In this newly created role, DeHart “will focus all of Grass Valley’s strategic partnerships on bringing together high-performance solutions from recognized broadcast technology vendors into a […]
With the completion of its 2020 year-end review, Grass Valley says it is “celebrating a period of significant business growth — despite the unprecedented backdrop of a very challenging 12 months.” In 2020, Grass Valley established itself as a standalone, privately-backed company, launched a string of new innovations, and forged ahead with its vision for a cloud-based […]
Sky Italia has put Grass Valley cameras at the heart of its studio operation. The deployment is part of a wider studio camera upgrade, allowing the broadcaster to meet rising demand for live content and enable new services. The Grass Valley LDX 86N Series cameras give the broadcaster an easy upgrade route to IP and 4K UHD — as and […]
Networks, mobile truck companies and tech vendors agree the pandemic will impact HDR and UHD production through this year through a combination of equipment availability, complex new remote workflows and financial constraints.
Grass Valley has launched AMS Express (Advanced Media Storage), a scalable, high-performance Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution that allows content producers to more easily expand storage capacity. Opening up feature-rich shared storage capability for small to medium-size media operations, AMS Express, the company says, “is ideal for remote production, corporate, education and outside broadcast (OB) deployments.” AMS […]
New camera angles and innovative AR graphics will mark Tampa’s Super Bowl LV with a sparser crowd allowing for novel camera positions and experimentation.
Technology executives from WarnerMedia, Sinclair, Amagi and Grass Valley said at a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that while broadcasters are drawn to the cloud’s flexibility and scalability, moving away from on-prem hardware means workflow changes often better suited to a hybrid model.
This month’s virtual Devoncroft Executive Summit took the measure of a media technology market radically altered by COVID-19, from a 10% hit to its overall market size, a reassessment of how of it does business and a big potential shift in its sales and marketing efforts. Above, Devoncroft’s Josh Stinehour emphasized that technology investment by broadcasters is an opportunity to drive increased revenues, not simply a cost center.
LiveU and Grass Valley are joining forces to offer an integrated cloud-based solution for remote live productions, letting customers “simplify their processes and automate live and non-live news and sports productions in an efficient, agile and customizable workflow.” Avi Cohen, LiveU’s co-founder and COO, said: “With the ongoing shift to cloud production, we are committed […]
Grass Valley today announces that Sinclair Broadcast’s Del Parks has been appointed as chair of GVX, its customer council made up of globally recognized media technology leaders from some of the largest and most innovative media brands in the industry. Parks, Sinclair’s EVP and CTO at Sinclair Broadcast Group and an award-winning and respected technology […]
Global broadcast solutions specialist ES Broadcast has made a significant purchase of Grass Valley‘s LDX 100 IP camera platform. The U.K.-based company has bought 50 cameras, with an option for 50 more before the end of the year, to meet increasing client demand for the LDX 100 and to prepare for major sporting events in […]
Remotely working broadcasters are increasingly seeing the advantages of IP routing systems to easily control equipment and monitor feeds. Those who adopted IP routers prior to the pandemic were “well ahead of the game,” says one vendor. Above, the BBC’s SMPTE 2110 facility in Cardiff, Wales.
Grass Valley has introduced EDIUS X, which it says “marks the start into a new era of nonlinear editing. The next generation of the award-winning, multiformat software comes with a completely redesigned core engine along with a modular concept allowing even more performance for fully customizable workflows.” Katsushi Takeuchi, Grass Valley’s vice president of editing systems, said: “The […]
The online event this week underscored 2020’s biggest TV tech trend — moving on-premise broadcast workflows and vendor products to the cloud — while anticipating 5G’s potential use in remote production. Above, a 5G-enabled camera used in a BBC-led trial exploring multi-camera synchronization.
Offerings from Blackbird, Grass Valley and Avid have seen a surge in usage since the pandemic spurred a remote workflow shift with costs coming down and performance improving.
Grass Valley announced the completion of its acquisition by private equity firm, Black Dragon Capital, from Belden Inc. The company said the completion of the transaction, announced earlier this year, “puts Grass Valley in an ideal position to continue driving innovation as it leads the media and entertainment industry’s transition to a cloud-based future and […]
Grass Valley today introduced GVX, a council of customers selected from the media industry’s “most influential technologists and business leaders.” It says this group of key leaders will “work closely with Grass Valley executives to move media technology innovation forward in a mutually beneficial fashion, providing the industry with solutions that are perfectly matched with […]
Coronavirus-necessitated remote workflows have spun up quickly and reliably to allow TV stations to keep broadcasting during the pandemic. There’s reason to believe they’ll stick around after the crisis subsides. Above: Avid Edit On Demand provides a full virtual production environment in the cloud, including Media Composer software and Avid NEXIS storage. (Source: Avid)
The pandemic created an opportunity to stress-test distributed and virtualized workflows right now that stations and networks were already considering for the future. The industry’s shift may now be ahead of schedule because of it. Above, NBC Universal’s Boston Media Center is one of the latest all-IP broadcast facilities.
Grass Valley has introduced a series of products and new, soon-to-be-released strategic initiatives that it says “promise to shift the paradigm in broadcast workflow flexibility, scalability and performance.” For live production, Grass Valley launches the LDX 100 camera platform, a high-speed, native UHD camera built specifically for the rigors of IP-connected workflows, such as remote/at-home […]
TVNewsCheck‘s directory of Virtual NAB events is packed with webinars, briefings and demos from Audinate, AWS, Bitmovin, Canon, Harmonic, Planar, Telestream, Vela and others. There’s also some distance learning from the Media Financial Management Association. Visit the full directory here. For TVNewsCheck’s continuously updated news feed covering announcements that would have been made before, during or after NAB, visit here. To read TVNewsCheck’s coverage of how broadcasters are coping with and covering the corona virus pandemic, visit here.
Costs are inhibiting a flood of 4K sports production, but 1080p HDR offers numerous practical advantages, among them that the improvement in picture quality is more readily apparent to consumers than the gain from 4K resolution. Above, Sony tested an 8K camera at the Sony Open in Hawaii last year, but doesn’t expect 8K to be used for regular sports production for several years.
The coronavirus pandemic has amped up the transition to cloud-based workflows as broadcasters have employed as many remote operations as possible. The next frontier: an acceleration of live production applications in the cloud. Above, an Amazon Web Services Outpost cloud server.
Grass Valley is set to engage with customers and prospects virtually in a series of events branded GV LIVE Presents. Multiple events have already been scheduled to provide information to Grass Valley customers and prospects as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic and to enable a unique type of engagement with Grass Valley solutions in the absence […]
A conversation with Grass Valley CEO Tim Shoulders and Black Dragon Capital CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. following up on this week’s news of GV’s acquisition by the venture capital firm.
Francois Vaillant, executive director of engineering at CBC/Radio-Canada, says the group opted to build an IP-based broadcast center to move CBC/Radio-Canada into the future. The greenfield project was an opportunity to be more future-proof.
With the purchase from Belden, the private equity firm, led by Louis Hernandez Jr., says it aims to accelerate Grass Valley’s evolution to market leader in cloud-based media technology.
Fox will use more than 100 manned and robotic cameras to cover the game, including 24 “Super-Motion” cameras to support replays; 20 goal-line and end-line pylon cameras; wireless “Line to Gain” cameras that travel up and down the field in alignment with the first-down marker; and two different SkyCam systems which operate at different elevations. It will also use 72 field mics, as well as wireless player mics, to capture game audio. And that’s just scratching the surface.
Next year should see broadcasters making advances in the continuing move to IP, greater use of cloud platforms and significant progress for two new wireless technologies: ATSC 3.0 and the various 5G services being rolled out by wireless carriers. Above, a Sony camcorder and prototype 5G transmitter were used to test camera backhauls over Verizon’s 5G network during a recent NBC NFL broadcast.
News organizations are increasingly using breakthroughs in technology to allow journalists to remotely, yet quickly, deliver more content over multiple platforms. The advances range from improved cellular networks that speed transmission of content from the field to the newsroom and cameras capable of streaming and providing remote video, to a host of tools available for journalists to remotely edit and produce content while collaborating with their newsrooms. Above, Grass Valley’s new GV Alyve, released at this year’s IBC Show, gives reporters a “virtual control room in the cloud” for production and distribution of video and livestream content. (Source: Grass Valley)
Audio over IP (AoIP) networking technology is experiencing higher adoption among TV broadcasters, prompted in part by a new transport standard ensuring more interoperability. Many of those embracing IP no longer think of audio production as an island, but as connected networks prompting interoperability to become an important factor. Above, SSL’s System T AoIP production system runs on COTS hardware like Cisco switches.
Larger networks and sports broadcasters are in the vanguard of IP routing, but local stations are following more slowly. Business needs are driving the pace of transition, and HD-SDI routers are far from disappearing. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ new facility for WCAU-WWSI, its Philadelphia duopoly, uses Grass Valley control software and IPG (IP gateway) cards working with Cisco switches to bridge the HD-SDI and IP worlds.
Belden said today it plans to divest its Grass Valley business. The company has retained JP Morgan to manage the sale process and is actively engaged with several parties. The news came as the company announced third quarter earnings; it is now reporting all Grass Valley-related revenues as “discontinued operations.”
Multiviewers are in the midst of a rapid evolutionary phase spurred by the proliferation of signals that need monitoring and the IP transition. As the need for control across multiviewer screens increases, the technology is also becoming more integrated with other pieces of equipment.
Exclamations about the IP transition, the cloud and AI were notably muted at this year’s IBC. Vendors say that’s because this year wasn’t about shiny new things, but rather getting to work on implementation.