Italian Broadcaster, Mediaset, Deploys Gruppo TNT “TVHilites” Systems Based on Matrox DSX Hardware
Matrox and Gruppo TNT Showcase Products at NAB 2007
Montreal, Canada, April 5, 2007 – Matrox® Video Products Group today announced that Mediaset, one of Europe’s largest media companies and the leading free TV broadcaster in Italy, has fielded 22 automated production server systems, based on Matrox DSX™ technology, from leading Italian software developer and system integrator Gruppo TNT S.r.l. The systems, which replace traditional video servers, are based on Matrox X.mio cards, part of the Matrox DSX family of developer products, which provide multiple video and audio inputs and outputs. The Matrox DSX product line will be demonstrated at NAB 2007 in booth SL2015.
Initially used by Mediaset to broadcast the Campionato Italiano di Calcio “Serie A” and Serie “B” football matches in September 2006, the systems are also being used extensively for other sports, news, and feature production.
"We made an extensive search for a system that could give us the flexibility to effectively manage diverse digital content for our sports, entertainment, and news programs. The solution offered by Gruppo TNT turned out to be the most open and adaptable to meet our constantly growing needs,” said Mauro Cassanmagnago, Research and Development Manager at Videotime S.p.A., Gruppo Mediaset. “The completely IT-based system enables us to work both in SD and HD with multiple codecs and file formats like MXF, so we're no longer limited by traditional video server constraints. The Gruppo TNT solution is a very advanced platform designed to expand dynamically as our production needs change over time but, above all, it is ready to use now! At present, our aim is to produce and share content and metadata for internal use, but we are also planning to make this content available to our external partners and suppliers.”
"At Gruppo TNT, we chose the Matrox X.mio cards for our IT-based architecture because they offer multiple I/O channels that are field upgradeable from SD to HD, as well as extensive support for a variety of software codecs that can be mixed in real time including MXF and Sony XDCAM,” said Giuseppe Bonariva, Gruppo TNT CEO. “In addition, the Matrox DSX Software Development Kit provides comprehensive development tools including versatile file reading/writing, memory management, streaming synchronization, and a large selection of effects that let us quickly get our application to market.”
Mediaset Group is the first commercial broadcaster in Italy and a major European media company. The Group's main company, Mediaset Spa, has been listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since July 1996. Its three proprietary TV channels, Canale 5, Italia 1, and Retequattro, are managed by RTI Spa, 100%-owned by Mediaset Spa. Mediaset also owns a 50.1% controlling stake in the Telecinco Group, the leading Spanish free TV broadcaster. Since 2004 Mediaset Group has been broadcasting its programs in a digital format, and can now offer highly useful services to its viewers and exploit 'premium' content through an innovative pay per view system.
About Gruppo TNTTVHilites
TVHilites is a suite of software applications that integrates screening and logging of content on-the-fly, ingest, fast cuts-only editing, advanced playlist management, and immediate playback to air. It easily scales from browse-level support to full SD/HD production and facilitates program repurposing of high-value media assets over multiple distribution channels such as cell phones and websites.
About Gruppo TNT S.r.l.
Gruppo TNT provides advanced and customizable software development, software/hardware integration, service, and support in the field of TV automation, live graphics, post-production, and Digital Cinema technologies for the Italian and European markets. Gruppo TNT is head quartered in Gardone Val Trompia, near Brescia, with branch offices in Milan and in Rome. For more information visit www.gruppotnt.com.
About Matrox DSX Developer Products
The Matrox DSX product line combines codec and effects technologies and a full range of professional audio and video hardware components with a comprehensive Windows XP-based Software Development Kit (SDK). The Matrox DSX platforms exploit Matrox's "Power of X" and “Flex” technologies to enable OEMs and developers to leverage scalable CPU and GPU power to create a wide variety of cost-effective products and applications including NLE systems, ingest/playout servers, character generators, clip and still stores, graphics/production servers, automation and master control units, multi-layer compositors, and CATV barker channels.
Key features of the Matrox DSX platforms:
Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for realtime editing, DVD authoring, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit www.matrox.com/video.
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