Slovakian Broadcaster Covers Dancing and Disasters with New HD OB Vehicle

Televizia Markiza, a leading commercial television broadcaster in Slovakia, is now fully high definition after adding a new outside broadcast truck to its fleet. Its latest HD vehicle was built by German systems integrator Broadcast Solutions working with Slovakian company ELEKONIKA and is designed for both general location production and studio disaster recovery situations.

Commissioned in May this year, the Televizia Markiza HD OB unit is based on Broadcast Solutions' Alphaline A12 vehicle, itself a variation of the SI's Streamline range of trucks. Like all models in this range, this new addition is able to work on both small-scale programmes as well as larger productions of up to 16 cameras. These include music shows, sports coverage and Let's Dance, Televizia Markiza's version of Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars.

The 11,80 metre trailer houses a Grass Valley Karrera K-frame video switcher connected to a Riedel MediorNet routing system, which includes 16 MicroN network distribution devices; nine of which are Standard units, with seven for MultiViewer applications. Slow motion capability comes from three Grass Valley K2 Dynos, while video monitoring is on NECTVLogic and Sony displays. The onboard camera portfolio is ten Grass Valley LDX 80s with Canon lenses.

OB truck audio department with Lawo console and Genelec 5.1 monitoring

OB truck audio department with Lawo console and Genelec 5.1 monitoring

The audio section is based round a Lawo mc²56 xt console and also features a Yamaha QL1 for secondary productions and back-up. Routing is through a Lawo Nova 73 matrix, with control and tally functions handled by a VSM system. Comms is provided by a Riedel Artist 128 installation.

Televizia Markiza was not looking for a big flagship OB truck but more a general purpose unit. "We wanted the best solution on the market to secure live broadcasting and have an OB vehicle that is as universal as possible," comments Zdenko Ryšavý, technical director at Televízia Markíza. "Our main goals are to have a tool for disaster recovery and to use it for double productions."

Matthias Settele, general director of Televizia Markiza, adds, "The OB truck was the missing link to complete our conversion to HD and is a major step to increase our viewer base, for instance with our own productions like Let's Dance. Further on the OB gives us the flexibility to produce all different kinds of events, which makes the company more independent."

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