CyLTV upgrades production centres with Sony Professional equipment

Castilla y León Televisión (CyLTV) has invested in Sony Professional cameras and set up wireless workflows for news production for the first time.

CyLTV has acquired 27 PXW-Z280 handheld cameras, eight HXC-FB80 studio camera chains and 13 BRC-H900 remote control robotic cameras.

As well as improving image quality and streamlining studio operations, this investment in camera technology has allowed the company to optimise production workflows and broadcast news images faster.

Jorge Losada, chief executive officer at CyLTV, said: “With this new equipment, we will be able to take an important step forward in terms of being able to offer our viewers in Castile and León content that is more agile, versatile and in higher definition. This reinforces our commitment to offer local television, and above all quality public service.”

CyLTV is Castile and León’s own autonomous television channel and is managed by private equity company Radio Televisión de Castilla y León S.A. It began broadcasting on 9 March 2009 and content is distributed through two channels: La 7, which broadcasts to the whole territory 24 hours a day; and La 8, the autonomous region’s channel with its own provincial identity, which airs different programmes in different territories in certain time slots.

The company has been using Sony equipment since it was founded, and so CyLTV has put its faith in the manufacturer again for this renovation process. In addition, staff at the television channel are already familiar with the equipment, which provides significant added value at this time of technological change at CyLTV.

The PXW-Z280 lightweight camcorders will be used for field news recording throughout the region. This handheld camera, with three 0.5in Exmor CMOS sensors and 4K resolution, can reach a sensitivity of F13 at 50Hz and an S/N ratio of 63dB.

CyLTV has also invested in Sony’s HXC-FB80 studio camera chains to produce news and entertainment programmes at both of its production centres in Valladolid. The cameras have 3 2/3in Exmor CMOS sensors and can offer UHD and HDR outputs.

The BRC-H900 robotic cameras, which are integrated pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras equipped with 3 1/2in CMOS sensors with full HD, will be used to produce local programmes and news at CyLTV’s territorial centres

Héctor Sierra, Sony Professional’s key account manager, added: “Sony Professional is happy that CyLTV has confidence in our entire range of cameras, from ENGs that will be used to report directly from the news site to robotic cameras that will be used in territorial centres and studio cameras that will be installed in the two offices in Valladolid. We are very proud to be able to be by their side as technological partners during this important transformation and modernisation process.”

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