SKY TELEVISION Selects NVISION for Broadcast Infrastructure

Written by Businesswire India | 26-02-2008 | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 17:29pm hrs
As part of its major expansion and refurbishment of their broadcast facility in Auckland, New Zealand, SKY TELEVISION (SKY) has purchased a number of NVISION digital video routers, including the largest video router in New Zealand, an NVISION NV8256 in a 512x512 configuration. SKY, New Zealand's pre-eminent PayTV provider, broadcasts more than 70 channels in New Zealand via both DBS and UHF.

The larger 512x512 router was supplemented further by two NVISION NV8256 routers; one in a 256x256 configuration, and the other a 64x64 configuration. All the routers are commissioned for digital and HD programming. The system was completed with three NV9000 Router Control systems and numerous NVISION Control Panels, including several of the sophisticated, new NV9640 re-legendable control panels.

The sale of NVISION's systems, which are to be the foundation of SKY's broadcast infrastructure, was made through NVISION's New Zealand dealer, Cobalt Technologies Ltd.

Matt Watson, SKY's Head of Engineering, commented, "We are impressed by the high-bandwidth signal performance, solid control system, redundant architecture, and quality of manufacturing and support. The fact that NVISION is highly recommended by existing owners was also a consideration. The ability to limit a failure impact to just one input or output card on a matrix as large as a 512 square system is very important to a facility such as ours that must run uninterrupted service."

Chuck Meyer, president and CEO of NVISION, stated, "Our continuing technology leadership is the foundation for building the highest levels of quality, reliability, and scaleability into every NVISION broadcast system. This enables NVISION to meet SKY's high standards for its long-term broadcast infrastructure and for SKY to have confidence in the 24/7, high quality transmission they require for their HD programming."

About NVISION: Moving Pictures and Sound Around, Perfectly

NVISION is the leading provider of advanced technology and systems for the production and delivery of superior, error-free digital audio and HD/SD video used in all broadcast sectors and multi-format post production. The company's sole focus is the development and manufacture of high-performance, high-reliability, and cost-effective router, router control, and master control systems and modular broadcast products. Since its founding in 1989, NVISION has pioneered groundbreaking technological advances, including large-scale HD-SDI routing and synchronous AES routing - first in HD; first in 3Gb/s-enabled routers. For more information, please visit www.nvision.tv.

About SKY

SKY Television (SKY), broadcasting via both UHF and DBS, is New Zealand's pre-eminent Pay TV operator, offering a wide range of sports, movies, music, on-demand and general content across more than 70 channels. SKY's channel line-up includes six sports channels, five movie channels, seven general entertainment channels, five documentary channels, five news channels, four children's channels, as well as other niche channels. (At 26 February 2007, SKY had 690,994 subscribers).

SKY launched as a three-channel UHF service in 1990, with two further channels added four years later. SKY's UHF signal reaches more than 83% of the country's 1.5 million households. In December 1998 it launched a digital satellite service, extending its reach to the entire country. SKY also offers pay-per-view movies, live events and interactive services, including Skybet, the Weather Channel, and game channels Mind Games and Playin' TV. To learn more, see www.skytv.co.nz.