TV NOW selects Grass Valley for HD news

TV NOW, a new 24-hour Malayalam satellite television channel for news and other informational programming, plans to launch with a fully integrated high-definition news production solution from Grass Valley. TV NOW’s new infrastructure will include three GV Director nonlinear live production systems, the GV STRATUS nonlinear media production tools, nine LDX Flex HD studio cameras, a Trinix NXT digital video routing switcher, a K2 Summit 3G transmission server, EDIUS nonlinear editing software and HD K2 SAN storage. Together, these solutions will enable TV NOW to get news to air more quickly and without any interruptions, which is crucial to the smooth running of an operation that airs programming around the clock.

TV NOW, operated by the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), will deliver programming in high definition to 40 million viewers across the state of Kerala in southwest India. Station management prides itself on its modern, forward-thinking approach in offering round-the-clock news that is accessible to viewers via smart phones, tablets, and other devices.

“As the only business consortium to launch a brand new channel in India, it’s important for us to have the most modern technologies in place to reach our millions of viewers in a timely and efficient manner,” says Bhagath Chandrasekhar at TV NOW. “With Grass Valley’s powerful toolset at our fingertips, we will have an integrated platform that combines production tools and asset management at TV NOW so we can confidently sign-on with state-of-the-art production processes.”

Offering a versatile software-based platform for nonlinear media production, GV Director combined with GV STRATUS forms a crucial part of the production chain for TV NOW. GV Director is the ultimate multipurpose tool for live production with integrated video switching, multi-layer effects, animated graphics, and multiviewer monitoring in a single system. GV STRATUS is a full set of tools in one workspace supporting ingest, editing, content aggregation, logging, transfer, and playout. Integrating with Grass Valley K2 media servers and storage, the solution offers an expandable foundation for new applications and workflows.

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