Times Network Adds Grass Valley Solutions to Improve MAM, Master Control
Times Network selected Grass Valley STRATUS with K2 Summit 3G Transmission Clients connected to a K2 SAN Storage System for video production and content management in entertainment and movie channel applications, as well as the iTX Integrated Playout Platform, iControl Customized End-to-End Facility Monitoring, Kaleido-X multiviewers, Kaleido-MX multiviewers, and Densité 3 Frames to serve as the monitoring and master control system for ingest, live, and file-based content across the facility. These solutions from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, will enable Times Network to have a more efficient production environment.
Times Network has the highest viewer impressions among all English channels in India. The company prides itself on providing relevant entertainment content to its viewers around the clock on channels that include Movies Now SD, Movies Now HD, Movies Now2 SD, Movies Now2 HD, MN+, Zoom, Romedy Now SD and Romedy Now HD.
“At Times Network, we are committed to delivering the high-quality entertainment content our audiences expect, and the only way to do that is with superior technology in place,” says K. Yegneshwara Iyer, vice president and head of technology at Times Network. “With this new solution from Grass Valley, we can take advantage of a seamless work environment that gives us control over the entire spectrum of our content creation and distribution lifecycle, allowing us to quickly turnaround new content production, deliver it first, and across multiple platforms.”
Designed for simplicity, efficiency, and speed, GV STRATUS is a full set of production tools in one application that helps users better manage entertainment, on-air operations and news production media workflows. With task-driven tools that operate in a variety of environments, GV STRATUS can be specifically tailored for each user’s job function, enabling more effective collaboration throughout the entire production life cycle.
iTX is one of the world’s most widely deployed, advanced and integrated playout platforms for broadcast television, responsible for more than 20 million hours of television transmitted in the last year. Handling everything from primetime TV to specialized channels, iTX delivers outstanding IP/SDI format flexibility and scalability for future readiness in a flexible multifunction playout platform that includes audio processing and the industry’s widest selection of multilevel graphics capabilities.
An adaptable television signal and network monitoring system, iControl is ideal for monitoring broadcast facilities, including distributed multichannel operations. With its rich graphical interface, third-party control integration and automated responses, the system enables operators to control multiple channels in an effective manner.
“We are proud to be able to partner with Times Network and to provide them with a solution that will transform their production workflow into an agile and cost-efficient operation with the ability to scale based on future business and production needs,” says Somu Patil, vice president of sales for South Asia and ASEAN region, Grass Valley.