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Spain's Televisión de Galicia Goes HD with Grass Valley's Kayenne XL Production Switcher Technology(August 30, 2011)
Spain to high-definition (HD) with Grass Valley(tm) production technologies. As the final phase of
a multi-year €1 million (US$ 1.4 million) project, Grass Valley supplied Kayenne(tm) XL HD production
The multi-year HD upgrade project began in 2008, when TVG ordered six LDK 8000 Elite cameras and
GeckoFlex(tm) modular equipment. In 2010, TVG ordered three Kayenne XL switchers. The third phase of
TVG upgrading to HD took place in January 2011, with an additional order for four Grass Valley
K2 Summit(tm) production clients and four K2 Dyno(tm) Replay Controllers for tapeless production.
All of this HD technology is based around the production switcher, which combines the Kayenne XL user
interface panel with the Kayak(tm) HD video frame, transforming the studio into a first class production
center. It also makes TVG the first broadcaster in Spain to go on-air with the Kayenne XL in a fixed
"Our aim was to achieve a technically advanced, top-quality HD studio for our key in-house productions,"
said Antonio Posse, Technical Manager of TVG. "We have been a longtime user of Grass Valley products, and
always watch their latest developments. Our operators see the Kayenne XL as the most powerful and
flexible production switcher on the market, and we wanted it for our studio."
A key element of the contract is Grass Valley's support through a four-year service level agreement (SLA).
This ensures that TVG has a single point of contact for any technical issues, with 24/7 access to
engineers to ensure uninterrupted operations, and spares on site.
"This is a great win for us, and has been great for TVG too," said Jeff Rosica, Executive Vice President
at Grass Valley. "We have worked closely with TVG over the years and they appreciate that we deliver on
our promises with the most powerful and integrated production solutions available, which let TVG upgrade
to HD based on their own timetable."
The fully upgraded studio, including the Kayenne XL switcher, was first used in May 2011 for extended
live broadcast coverage of Spain's regional elections.
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