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Panama's Most Popular TV Network Bases Its New Facility Around Grass Valley HD Production and Distribution Technologies(November 15, 2011)
Panama City and installed a full complement of Grass Valley(tm) production and distribution equipment
to support the studio's routing and master control operations for its established TVN channel and new
Targeted to the male audience, TVMax was created to absorb all the sports programming from the existing
TVN channel. As a result, a new sports news program was created for TVMax and the channel now also airs
drama series, sitcoms, and reality shows.
The significant installation, among the largest in the country, was completed in May 2010 and is now
fully on air. The studio is complete with a Grass Valley Kayak(tm) HD video production switcher, Apex
audio routers, Trinix(tm) video routers, a Maestro(tm) master control and channel branding system,
numerous K2 Summit(tm) media servers, GeckoFlex(tm) signal processing modules, and a Sonata(tm) MADI
"We have had a great experience with the Grass Valley Concerto(tm) routers and Kayak switchers in the
past, so we wanted to move to the next generation of Grass Valley products for our new channel,"
said Rolando Guerra, Chief Engineer at TVN and TVMax. "We need 24/7 reliability for our operations
and Grass Valley technology always provides that. The company also has a great local presence here
in Panama, which we have come to appreciate and make use of when necessary."
The Grass Valley K2 Summit servers are being used to seamlessly play back content in multiple resolutions
and compression formats. K2 Summit can automatically convert between HD and SD formats (up/down/cross)
and various aspect ratios and manage the multitude of file types Televisora Nacional deals with on a
daily basis, including DV 25, DV 50 and AVC-Intra. This is a unique capability that other servers on
the market do not provide.
"The TVMax installation enabled Grass Valley to show its wide range of local service and support
capabilities, in addition to supplying a large amount of equipment," said Jeff Rosica, Executive
Vice President of Grass Valley. "This was a challenging implementation for our engineers as we had
to integrate a number of disparate systems and make them all work seamlessly within a file-based
environment. Everyone agrees this project was a resounding success on a number of levels."
Televisora Nacional is a long-time customer, having purchased Grass Valley cameras, servers, routers,
and other equipment for the network's TVN channel, the predecessor to TVMax.
Besides the new equipment, Grass Valley also provided a range of services for the new project that
included system installation, training, and maintenance.
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