Hebden Bridge, U.K. (October 11, 2012)—Russian subscriber satellite service NTV-PLUS has installed the first Calrec consoles in Russia, at its Television Technical Centre Ostankino.
Calrec's first foray into Russia comprises two Artemis Beam consoles for NTV-PLUS, which broadcasts sports, news, movies, documentaries and children's TV, as well as an HD service. The 48-fader desks were installed in the Moscow Television Technical Centre and were used by NTV-PLUS for the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London this year.
The Artemis Beam consoles have been networked together using Calrec's Hydra2 system in order to maximize flexibility, allowing either console to access any I/O on the network. The nature of the Hydra2 network provides plenty of room for future expansion, making it simple to add additional consoles and I/O.
The new system enables NTV-PLUS to broadcast in 5.1 and move content around with ease. In doing so, NTV-PLUS can maximize productivity and realize larger, more complex productions, which in turn could lead to more revenue.
Calrec designed a panel that sits in the control surface and houses a Colin Broad SR4 serial remote/synchronizer. This setup enables operators to control multiple playback/record machines from the Artemis desk.
"We aspired to find a system to match the requirements of our broadcasting and production facilities," said Oleg Kolesnikov, CTO at NTV-PLUS. "We believe this choice offers the best answer for live sports productions and studio shows. NTV-PLUS is widely known as a technologically pioneering company in the Russian broadcast market, and this digital audio transition with Calrec allows us to maintain that position."
The project was coordinated through OKNO-TV, one of Calrec's preferred Russian systems integrators.
NTV-PLUS also rented three more Artemis consoles for use during the Summer Games in London.
Calrec Audio Ltd.