Shaw Media to upgrade Grass Valley Aurora system

Canadian broadcaster Shaw Media will upgrade its existing Grass Valley Aurora system to the GV STRATUS media workflow application in seven of its news stations throughout the rest of this year. The project will stretch across the country with integration of GV STRATUS in five additional TV stations in 2014. GV STRATUS will optimise Shaw’s workflow by providing a versatile software-based platform for nonlinear media production. It will expand desktop access to all users and provide integration across all GV STRATUS sites, enabling users to share functions for search, view, move and edit. It will also provide Shaw Media with 3,785 hours of HD storage.

“As a leading broadcaster in Canada, it is vital for us to ensure that our news media management tools and systems enable us to provide our viewers the level of service and quality they have come to expect, as our news publishing opportunities grow. Upgrading our existing Aurora system to GV STRATUS is an important step in streamlining our operations for multi-platform publishing on a 24/7 basis. Having worked with Grass Valley technology already, our experience has been that Grass Valley stands behind their products and we look forward to their continued support. With GV STRATUS all of our users will be connected and able to share content, which is ideal for a network such as ours which stretches over a large geographical area,” says Carol Darling, vice-president of engineering and broadcast systems, Shaw Media.

“It’s exciting for us to be able to announce a Canadian GV STRATUS customer because there the broadcast market is such a vibrant and fast-paced environment to work in,” says Tim Thorsteinson, president and CEO, Grass Valley. “One of the real challenges for today’s broadcasters is investing in technology for the future while also maximising cost efficiencies. Grass Valley solutions like GV STRATUS are future-proofed and offer new streamlined ways of working so that broadcasters can meet this challenge head-on.”

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