Nika-TV upgrades studio production and playout with R&S Venice

Award-winning Russian satellite TV and radio broadcaster migrated all its studio production and playout operations to R&S Venice servers in a single day.

Nika-TV studios in Kaluga city
Nika-TV studios in Kaluga city

Nika-TV, which serves the Kaluga region has put the R&S Venice server platform at the heart of all studio content ingest, production and channel playout workflows at its production headquarters in Kaluga city.

With the support of the local Russian Rohde & Schwarz team of engineers, Nika-TV was able to migrate all of its ingest and playout operations within one working day. At breakfast time, the broadcaster was still operating its obsolete servers; shortly after lunch the first trial runs on R&S Venice were successfully completed and by evening, the entire broadcast operation was completely transferred.

Now, using the ultra-compact (2U) R&S Venice video servers, Nika-TV has four channels for content ingest and a further four channels for channel playout, as well as feeding a large video wall in the main production studio. Using the R&S Venice GUI user interface, Nika-TV was able to quickly and easily configure and establish all mission critical workflows within the studio complex.

R&S VENICE’s multi-format record and playback capabilities mean that Nika-TV can process virtually all incoming content irrespective of whether it was shot using an HD camcorder or a smartphone. Using the server’s built-in H.264 codec, engineers can take this content and optimize the picture quality and storage volume, whilst selecting the most appropriate bit-rate. Each server can store up to 6TB of data, so the studios have large capacity and ultra-fast storage facilities at their fingertips.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. July 5, 2018.