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SeaChange decides to divest its broadcast and storage business SeaChange International announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its broadcast server and storage business last month. The sale to a group of financial investors is expected to close after customary regulatory approvals. The new, independent company will be named XOR Media. SeaChange CEO Raghu Rau commented, “This divestiture is an important part of our strategy to transform SeaChange into a pure play software company, significantly reduce our overall cost structure, and strengthen our ability to compete in delivering next generation multiscreen video solutions. It’s important to note that this sale is not a parting of ways between SeaChange and the new company XOR Media. We see this divestiture as a step toward a future relationship – not the ending of one.” www.schange.com


L’Equipe TV chooses Quantel for playout L’Equipe TV, a French sports news broadcaster, decided on Quantel to meet its need for an integrated playout system to handle its entire programme and commercials output 24/7. The new Quantel system will handle playout of sports news programming from L’Equipe’s existing Enterprise sQ fast turnaround production system as well as commercials and all other programming that makes up the broadcaster’s on-air output. The new HD-ready playout system comprises two mirrored sQ servers, each with 120 hours’ storage, configured into two mirrored zones to provide full operational resilience. www.quantel.com


CCE expands archive with SGL Chello Central Europe (CCE) has installed Software Generation’s SGL FlashNet to extend the archive functionality of its Avid Interplay Production Asset Management system. CCE


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selected SGL FlashNet to provide midterm storage for playout ingest material while dubbing, rating and QC processes are completed and also to archive unbranded and versioned promos. The new workflow within the Budapest-based facility sees ingested material (IMX50 and DNxHD120) backed up directly to LT05 data tape without caching to disk. www.sglbroadcast.com


Ericsson acquires Technicolor broadcast services division Ericsson submitted a binding offer to acquire the broadcast services division of Technicolor. The closing of the acquisition is subject to relevant customary regulatory administrative approvals and consultations. The acquisition will bring about 900 highly skilled professionals and playout operations located in France, the UK and the Netherlands serving several leading broadcasters and will allow Ericsson to substantially increase its current broadcast operations in terms of channels managed and households reached. “As the TV industry is undergoing fundamental changes with the transition to multiplatform, on- demand television, teaming up with a trusted partner enables broadcasters to meet the increasing commercial and


technological complexity and competition in the TV market,” said Magnus Mandersson (pictured), executive vice president and head of business unit Global Services, Ericsson. www.ericsson.com


Chyron brings live graphics playout control to the iPad Chyron announced the release of Shotbox for Lyric, a free app on the iTunes store that enables iPad users to control scenes within the company’s Lyric graphics creation and playout software. By eliminating the need for macros or a keyboard, Shotbox for Lyric provides another simple way to


control live on-air graphics in applications ranging from news and sports broadcasts to worship services. “In addition to enabling easy live graphics playout from an iPad interface, Shotbox for Lyric allows users to demonstrate a higher degree of technical savvy and control,” said Phil Carmichael, vice president of product marketing at Chyron. www.chyron.com


Video-Line on the scene with LiveU German news agency Video-Line has deployed LiveU’s LU60 cellular uplinking technology across its extensive newsgathering operation. Video-Line selected LiveU for the ability to get on-air quickly alongside extremely good transmission quality with almost no interruption, even under difficult conditions; the easy-to-use mobile backpack unit with the associated server requiring no manual intervention; and customer support and long-term development of the technology. Markus Wüllner, Video-Line TV, said: “The advantage of mobile transmission via LiveU is clearly the flexibility and speed. As a news provider, we have to be at the scene of an accident, murder, or major fire — tragic as they often are — as quickly as possible, without disturbing the emergency teams.” www.liveu.tv


Gearhouse Broadcast invests in NAC camera Gearhouse Broadcast decided to add the NAC Hi-Motion II Ultra Slow Motion HDTV camera for


Runway success: Production house Brightonart built an AV control solution around Blackmagic Design’s ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher to capture runway looks from Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the largest independent showcase of the Fall 2012 London Fashion Week. Brightonart used the Blackmagic Design switcher to cut live footage from HD-SDI video feeds shot by two Sony EX-1 cameras. Signal distribution was handled by Blackmagic’s Multibridge Pro, which took care of the audio embed. www.blackmagic-design.com


its Project Solutions Division. The purchase was driven to meet the demand from its clients for forthcoming global sports events such as the European Football Championship, tennis and motor racing. The cameras use a unique three-chip (CMOS) sensor capable of capturing more than 10X high speed images in full HD and provide simultaneous output of live realtime video and ultraslow- motion replay video. Kevin Moorhouse, Gearhouse Broadcast’s COO, said: “The new Hi-Motion II camera is a dual- format 1080i/720p system that can


Talkback for MediaCityUK: Wood & Douglas is to provide studio wireless talkback communications for BBC programming at MediaCityUK on Salford Quays. The installation by Dega Broadcast Systems incorporates Symphony and Duo products from Wood & Douglas to provide a duplex radio link enabling studio floor communication simultaneously in both directions. www.woodanddouglas.co.uk


provide simultaneous output of live normal-speed video and ultraslow-motion replay video. The camera can work alongside other HD cameras to deliver the exceptional imagery today’s HDTV sports broadcasters and viewers demand.” www.gearhousebroadcast.com


Super Hi-Vision at 120fps for Olympics NHK is developing an 8K image sensor for its Super Hi-Vision Ultra HD system capable of 120 frames per second, which it plans to unveil in Tokyo on 23 April and should be ready for use at the London Olympics. The new 33-megapixel CMOS sensor will use an advanced two- stage (4-bit then 8-bit) cyclic analogue-to-digital converter to deliver a 12-bit image at the higher frame rate (twice that of the current SHV cameras). This architecture also allows it to reduce power consumption, with the ADC drawing 800mW (out of a total drive power of 2.5W). Two SHV cameras will be used to capture parts of the 2012 Olympics, with transmission to three large screens around the UK (plus one in the International Broadcast Centre) and three in Japan. www.nhk.or.jp


www.tvbeurope.com April 2012


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