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TV2 Norway goes HD with Quantel

OSLO, NORWAY: Norwegian private broadcaster TV2 selected Quantel Enterprise sQ technology to power its transition to HD broadcasting and file-based working. The system was purchased through Quantel’s Norwegian distributor AVIT Systems.

TV2 operates from two main production centres in Bergen and Oslo. News and sports play an important part in its programming, and the broadcaster also operates a dedicated 24-hour news channel and several sports channels. All its news and sports programming has been produced on Quantel Enterprise sQ systems at both sites since 2006 when TV2 made the jump to tapeless production with Quantel. It operates an innovative shared production workflow within and between the Bergen and Oslo sites, with either one capable of running as the live production center at any time.

“TV2 has been in a period of expansion over the last five years, launching new channels and purchasing new sports rights,” said John Inge Brattetveit, TV2 Director of Operations and Technical Services. Thanks to the Quantel system it has been possible to absorb the extra production pressure this expansion has caused with a minimal increase in production staff. One of the key things here is Quantel’s tight integration between journalist editing tools and craft NLEs--in addition to their fast speed to air.

“When we started to look into HD workflow for news and sports, one of the most important user requirements was to keep the fast time from ingest to on-air as in our current Quantel SD system while keeping the same simplicity for users in the HD workflow. The conversion to HD should be as invisible as possible from an operational point of view. From the research that TV2 has performed, Quantel is the vendor that best matches these requirements for us.”

As well as upgrading all its sQ server technology to HD operation, TV2 has also purchased 10 of the new Quantel Qube craft editors which were launched at NAB this year.