TV 2 Norway on stage at worlds largest media convention in Las Vegas

Published 07.04.2019
Last year, TV 2 Norway launched Europe’s first IP-based playout center. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, TV 2 went on stage to tell how they also built a multisite and multivendor Video-Over-IP-based broadcast facility in only 6 months. TV 2´s solution now attracts global attention.

The NAB Show is the world’s largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. The show exhibition comprises more than 100,000 visitors, 1,600 companies, including over 650 international exhibitors and some of the world's leading brands like Sony, Canon, Nikon, Cisco, Panasonic, Google, Facebook, IBM, Grass Valley, Microsoft, Adobe, Amazon, Vimeo and Avid – and of course the companies from The Norwegian Media Cluster; Vizrt, Vimond, Mjoll, Sixty, 7Mountains, Wolftech, Myreze, Norkring and NRK.
Eivind Halle from TV 2 Norway.

In Las Vegas, TV 2 shared lessons learned from the Video-Over-IP project. System Architect Eivind Halle and his colleague Svein Henning Skaga explained to representatives from broadcasters and production companies in USA, Europe and Asia why TV 2 chose IP as the preferred standard for the benefit over traditional SDI signals.

Halle and Skaga claimed that when TV 2 moved locations in both Bergen and Oslo, they got the opportunity to set up an all-IP facility without having to consider legacy infrastructure.

– We wanted to improve our workflow and create an efficient and smart production system with fewer manual operations for MCR and Operations, Halle explained. They then sketched out how TV 2 built one production network across two sites, one in Bergen and one in Oslo, with no broadcast specific long cabling and control rooms independent from the studios.

Halle pointed at TV 2's strong culture for innovations and spin offs when he explained how they managed to implement the Video-Over-IP-based broadcast facility in just six months.

TV 2's solution attracts attention not only at NAB. In the last 15 months Norway's biggest commercial broadcaster has had more than 15 broadcasters from around the world visiting the playout center in their HQ in Bergen.

The Video-Over-IP-project is a joint effort in TV 2, where the entire technology department and employees from several other departments in the media house has been involved in the development of the very flexible solution for a low cost content production.

Svein Henning Skaga from TV 2 Norway.