Grass Valley Supplies Powerful End-to-End Workflow for Startup Broadcast Facility in New Zealand

NZ Live selects cameras, switchers, and software for new Auckland-based broadcast facility

NZ Live, a new start-up broadcast facility in Auckland, has selected a fully integrated, turnkey, high-definition broadcast production solution from Grass Valley® to outfit its new facility.

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NZ Live will focus on feed recording, production, post-production, and playout of live sports programming from all over New Zealand. Initially, NZ Live will produce all the racing events throughout the country for the New Zealand Racing Board, but the facility is designed and purposed to cover all facets of broadcast workflows including OB operations and playout facilities. NZ Live expects to be on-air in late September 2014. This deal represents a powerful step forward for Grass Valley’s presence in the growing broadcast market in New Zealand and Australia.

“As a new broadcast facility in Auckland, it’s imperative that we have the most modern technologies in place so we can reach our target customers and service our clients in a timely and efficient manner while providing plenty of scope for expansion,” said Ray Standidge, Director at NZ Live. “Providing fast and efficient production and program delivery is a paramount task. We chose Grass Valley for its solid, end-to-end product suite that we can easily upgrade in the future.”

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At the heart of the solution is GV STRATUS®, which is a full set of tools in one workspace, supporting ingest, editing, content aggregation, logging, transfer, and playout. It integrates with Grass Valley K2 media servers and storage to offer an expandable foundation for new applications and workflows.

NZ Live’s new infrastructure from Grass Valley also includes LDX Flex™ and LDX Compact™ advanced imaging cameras, two Karrera® Video Production Center switchers each with K-Frame™, K2 Summit® media servers, a 1024x512 Trinix® NXT digital video routing switcher, a Jupiter™ routing control solution, CommandCenter™ broadcast system control software, and HD K2 SAN storage. Together, these solutions will enable NZ Live to rely on a powerful, robust workflow and deliver content to air swiftly and without interruption. The deal also includes a 3-year Elite Support Agreement.

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“The broadcast market in New Zealand is on the rise, and this project with NZ Live is an important one for Grass Valley. We see huge potential in the region overall,” said Stephen Wong, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Grass Valley. “Working with a new facility is always challenging and exciting, especially one which is being built from the ground up. We’re so pleased to deliver such a complete solution to help NZ Live get on-air quickly and without any glitches.”

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