ORF seeks to future-proof its broadcast operation with Sony IP video switch

Austrian broadcast corporation ORF has chosen Sony’s XVS-7000 multi-format IP video switchers, from the XVS series, to modernise its broadcasting workflows and better satisfy the viewing habits of its audience.

The first XVS-7000 will be used in ORF’s IP OB van scheduled for delivery this year, while more than 20 live switchers are likely to be used in the media companies’ main production centre in Vienna and in all its regional studios.

Enabling mixed IP and SDI production and upgradable for 4K and IP at any time, Sony’s multi-format switchers offer flexibility to suit any production environment or workflow requirements. With enhanced frame memory, format conversion, multi-viewer capabilities and a wide range of input and output video outputs, the XVS series inherits versatile features from the MVS Series of switchers. Thanks to the modular design of the X-panel, the switchers can flexibly be matched to ORF’s individual requirements.

All switchers from Sony’s XVS series support SDI as well as the new SMPTE ST 2110 standard for media transport and synchronisation and AMWA NMOS for device recognition. This allows IP network technologies to be combined with the latest SDI standard interfaces for video transmission in all resolutions while reducing complex workflows and increasing operational efficiency.

“Requirements for live production systems are changing dramatically,” explained Andreas Fraundorfer, team lead central systems installation engineering at ORF. “That’s why we were looking for a long-term partner with the expertise and solutions to help future-proof our facility to meet both the current and future challenges of IP live production. The scalability, functionality, user-friendliness and reliability of Sony’s solutions has meant we feel ready for today and open for tomorrow.”

Sony’s and ORF’s ongoing partnership includes the current multi-format video switchers as well as their successor models which are complemented by PrimeSupport. With this added service ORF has gained access to the Sony helpdesk and consultancy services for the XVS series.

Rainer Lüthy, senior key account manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe, commented: “ORF’s expectations were high. They needed a solution that would not only deliver in demanding production conditions, but that also scored highly on flexibility and safeguarding. Our XVS Series delivered on both requirements and performed well in practical stress tests. By dynamically managing all resources in ORF’s live production network, our superior software solutions have made ORF’s workflows even more efficient.

“At Sony we continuously improve our products to create a thriving ecosystem that’s driven by truly open standards in order to promote seamless interworking across all aspects of live production workflow – now and in the future.”

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