Calrec Makes First Sale Into Moscow

The project was coordinated through OKNO-TV, one of Calrec's preferred Russian systems integrators

Calrec today announced its first foray into Russia with the sale of two Artemis Beam consoles to Television Technical Centre Ostankino for NTV-PLUS, a Russian subscriber satellite service broadcasting sports, news, movies, documentaries, and children's TV, as well as an HD service. The 48-fader desks were installed in the Moscow Television Technical Centre and were used by NTV-PLUS for the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London this year.

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The Artemis Beam consoles have been networked together using Calrec's Hydra2 system in order to maximize flexibility, allowing either console to access any I/O on the network. The nature of the Hydra2 network provides plenty of room for future expansion, making it simple to add additional consoles and I/O.

The new system enables NTV-PLUS to broadcast in 5.1 and move content around with ease. In doing so, NTV-PLUS can maximize productivity and realize larger, more complex productions, which in turn could lead to more revenue.

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As one of the few console manufacturers to offer tailored solutions to broadcasting companies, Calrec designed a panel that sits in the control surface and houses a Colin Broad SR4 serial remote/synchronizer. This setup enables operators to control multiple playback/record machines from the Artemis desk.

"We aspired to find a system to match the requirements of our broadcasting and production facilities," said Oleg Kolesnikov, CTO at NTV-PLUS. "We believe this choice offers the best answer for live sports productions and studio shows. NTV-PLUS is widely known as a technologically pioneering company in the Russian broadcast market, and this digital audio transition with Calrec allows us to maintain that position."

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The project was coordinated through OKNO-TV, one of Calrec's preferred Russian systems integrators.

NTV-PLUS also rented three more Artemis consoles for use during the Summer Games in London.

"We are thrilled about our first sale to the prominent Russian station, NTV-PLUS," said Mike Reddick, Calrec's manager of European sales. "We feel it is a very positive first step in forging strong bonds between our companies in what will be a long and mutually beneficial relationship. Calrec offers a solution for today's broadcaster that allows room for change and expansion, which is especially poignant for a forward-thinking television company such as NTV-PLUS."

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About NTV-PLUS Satellite Broadcasting Company
NTV-PLUS is the first Russian satellite broadcasting company. It has held a leading position in Russian pay-television for more than 15 years. NTV-PLUS broadcasts throughout Russia and Ukraine. The company aims to produce high-quality television for the whole family.
More than 2 million people watch NTV-PLUS channels. NTV-PLUS retransmits Russian and foreign channels, as well as its own produced channels. More than 180 channels are available for NTV-PLUS subscribers, including high-definition channels (HDTV) and 3D.
NTV-PLUS sets the standards of modern digital TV. NTV-PLUS television content is unique in Russia. To date NTV-PLUS Satellite Broadcasting Company produces 12 sport channels, 10 movie channels, the "NTV-PLUS 3D by Panasonic" channel, and "Zakon TV" channel.

About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world's most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec.

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