Arena Television opts for Sony XVS-8000 vision mixer in OB17 truck

Arena Television is using the Sony XVS-8000 multi-format video switcher in OB17, the 16.5 metres long truck with twin full-length expanding sides that it launched earlier in 2020.

The multi-format switcher will allow the Arena Television fleet to facilitate a wide range of HDR and SDR productions, Sony said.

Arena Television has previously been using MVS-8000 series vision mixers.

Dafydd Rees, deputy director of operations at Arena TV, commented: “We created a robust truck optimised to address the growing demand we see from high-profile broadcasters to produce HDR content in the HD domain and not just the UHD domain.

“The design of OB17 truck had no budgetary compromises. It was a complicated brief thanks to its double expansion footprint and range of HDR and SDR production focus. Having Sony solutions at the heart of a number of our OB units throughout our 30-year history meant it was an easy decision to choose the latest XVS-8000 switcher. We can continue to help our clients to create world-class content.”

The Sony XVS-8000 multi-format video switcher is said to offer “flexibility and operability for top-end production” and will help Arena TV to “realise a robust, mixed environment with SDI and IP.”

It has an ICP-X7000 X-Panel assignable modular design allowing the production team to configure the control panel to suit its specific needs.

Norbert Paquet, head of live production solutions at Sony Professional Solutions Europe, added: “At Sony, we always listen and work closely with our customers, partners and the wider industry to help bring their projects to life – and Arena Television’s OB17 is no different. Having been created to facilitate both HDR and SDR productions, Arena Television’s decision to put our XVS-8000 switcher at the core of its OB17 is testament to its ability to meet the demands of modern broadcasting and take production environments to the next level.”

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