MONTREAL August 11, 2014 — TVG Network, America’s largest online wagering company and horse racing television network, has recently completed a studio upgrade from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) with the acquisition of live production solutions from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand.
TVG provides in-depth analysis and race coverage for its television viewing audience. With the purchase of two LDX Première advanced imaging cameras, three LDX Compact Premièrecameras and a Karrera Video Production Center switcher with K-Frame, the network can now deliver HD imagery and superior clarity to its horse racing viewers across the globe.
“The leap from SD to HD digital was of huge importance to us because we’re dedicated to delivering the highest picture quality possible. This is especially true with a sport like horse racing, where the action is so fast-paced,” said Frank Geraty, vice president of broadcast operations and engineering, TVG Network. “With the combination of the LDX Première and LDX Compact Première cameras, we can enjoy greater flexibility with our productions because the cameras match exactly and allow us to operate in less studio space for our technical equipment. Not to mention, their imagery is stunning.”
Built on Grass Valley’s Xensium FT CMOS sensor, the LDX Première advanced imaging camera combines operational excellence and outstanding image performance in a software-upgradable platform. Optimized for a range of broadcast applications, the camera is fully compatible with Grass Valley’s line of 3G transmission solutions. In its compact form, the LDX Première offers TVG a smaller form factor without compromising on quality, as the compact model contains all of the control features of a full-size LDX model. The Karrera switcher with K-Frame provides the network with the ability to configure full 3G 1080p50/60 HD support and draw on an energy-efficient solution that uses much less power than other video switchers in its class.
“We’re excited to work with TVG Network in their transition to HD,” commented Steve Stubelt, vice president of sales, North America, Grass Valley. “With Grass Valley’s live production solutions in place, TVG Network can take advantage of big performance with a low cost of ownership. Plus, the system is scalable to meet the production needs of today and tomorrow.”