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MediaTec chooses EVS to produce and broadcast Norwegian premium sports channels

Mediatec Broadcast, specialized in managing large scale events in sports and entertainment, has chosen EVS Instant Tapeless Technology for the production and broadcast of two premium sports channels in Norway. Mediatec Broadcast, which is part of the Mediatec Group, one of Europe’s leading corporations in live events and television productions, chose to work with EVS Instant Tapeless Technology to produce and broadcast Viasat Sport in Norway and the new Viasat Football. Viasat is owned by the Swedish media company Modern Times Group (MTG).

IPDirector and MulticamLSM

Arne Stenstadvold, Technical Manager at Mediatec Broadcast: “Last October, MTG asked Mediatec Broadcast to develop a playout platform for the new premium sports channel Viasat Sport. At the time SportN, which had already been airing for three years and will soon become Viasat Football, also needed a system with a much higher degree of automation. Our main concern was to find a flexible and open solution for the transfer of files to and from our Final Cut Server SAN. The integration of the production and playout servers with the Morpheus automation system from Snell was also considered. Since EVS proposed solutions that would meet these demands, and also because the crew was used to working with the loop-recording technology and appreciated its speed, we decided to use EVS technology for both channels.” EVS provided a series of HD/SD XT[2] production and playout servers handling all ingest and playout requirements for both Viasat Sport and Viasat Football. The ingest control, metadata management, and production content management is executed with EVS IPDirector software and Snell’s Morpheus automation system. The fast turnaround productions that include live analysis and highlights packages are produced with EVS’ MulticamLSM application. The EVS servers are interconnected to a highly efficient Hybrid network, XNet[2] for live and instant sharing across the entire production platform, and a Gigabit Ethernet network for bi-directional file transfers to and from the MediaBank, a 20TB Apple Xsan system with a Final Cut Server. The 24/7 rundown of both channels is managed with the Morpheus automation controlling the XT[2] ports. “We are accustomed to the speed and functionality of the XT[2] servers and wanted to combine these features with an automated playout system for our new transmission control. The fact that EVS technology can handle the media management that is connected to our Final Cut Pro system, allows content to be shared between production, post-production and archiving in a very efficient way. All material cleared for transmission is then managed by Morpheus, which controls playout of content on and between several XT[2] servers in the system. We are pleased to say that both Snell and EVS have made a big effort in making this system and workflow possible,” said Eirik Nakken, Technical Operations Manager at Mediatec Broadcast. “EVS is a reliable partner of the Mediatec Group. This turnkey project and the integration with Snell’s Morpheus automation system enabled us to streamline our productions while being more efficient and costeffective,” said Paul Henriksen, CEO of Mediatec Broadcast. Julien Fraipont, EVS Sales Manager of Scandinavia, adds: “The decision of Mediatec Broadcast to choose EVS clearly demonstrates our ability to deliver a combined hardware/software solution that not only provides benefits in terms of the production and turnaround of both channels, but also illustrates EVS’ commitment to an open architecture where the integration with the Morpheus Automation system from Snell and the Apple Final Cut Server is seamless.”