Italy’s Mediaset Deploys Panasonic Kairos to Support Live IP Workflows

Mediaset, Italy’s largest commercial broadcaster, has deployed Panasonic’s Kairos live production platform to support live IP workflows at its Light Studio facility in Milan.

System integrator Professional Show has installed two Kairos AT-KC1000 systems, one for everyday use and one for back-up, as well as upgrading the facility’s automated newsroom studio with five Panasonic AW-UE150 PTZ cameras, a Tuning Tecnopoint dolly and column system and a Panasonic AW-RP150 remote camera controller.

“Among the strengths that Kairos offers is the possibility to transition to IP technology, without compromising on quality, while at the same time investing in a scalable platform that can handle future content production demands – all from a single supplier with a pedigree of innovative and quality broadcasting solutions,” says Salvatore Palillo, sales manager at Broadcast & Pro AV in Italy. “During this revolutionary period for the content production sector, Kairos is the ideal solution – even for those regional production and TV facilities that do not have large budgets but need an efficient, stable, reliable and easily expandable solution for future developments.”

Mediaset is now in the advanced stages of implementing a plan for the total migration of all its studios and various campuses in Rome, Segrate and Cologno Monzese, to the ST-2110 standard.

“The introduction of Kairos allows Mediaset to take full advantage of its IP production, providing flexibility and future-proofing the transition to a flexible, software-defined infrastructure that is required by broadcasters,” says Mauro Cassanmagnago, director of broadcast technology at Mediaset. “Initial feedback on the system has been incredibly positive with our team and operators saying Kairos is powerful, fast and easy to use.”

Cassanmagnago also highlighted the easy integration of Kairos with the entire Mediaset IP infrastructure and third-party applications, as well as the speed of Panasonic’s response to specific requests for system customization.

The Kairos system is set to be enhanced further with the introduction of Agile I/O, a new software feature available in early 2022. A free upgrade, Agile I/O will provide AV professionals with additional input and output capacity to create larger and more complex productions. The upgrade will enable Kairos to use the 100Gb ST-2110 network and other Kairos Core inputs and outputs more efficiently with better management of network bandwidth – providing users with additional sources for HD and 4K content and access to more connected sources in the multi-view.

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