India's first all-HD news channel goes live with Snell equipment

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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A live screenshot from the News Express TV website today
Express News TV plays a critical role in the Indian broadcast landscape by meeting viewers' demand for around-the-clock access to the latest developments in current and breaking news.

News Express TV, India's first all-HD news channel, launched in 2012 with a 24-hour line-up of news and political reporting in the Hindi language. Snell partner Transs Technoconsultants provided technology and systems integration for the project and deployed Snell's Kahuna SD/HD multi-format production switcher, Pyxis router and IQ Modular broadcast infrastructure modules to drive production for the channel.

"In launching India's first HD news channel, we placed a top priority on technologies that could provide 24/7 reliability and built-in features for redundancy,” said News Express TV's head of technology and operations, S.K. Salvi, who is said to have designed and implemented the first-of-its-kind news channel in record time.  “We also required the ability to handle many different functions, such as still stores and RAM recorders, but we looked for systems that could provide these capabilities without requiring us to purchase peripheral equipment."

He says that using the Kahuna switcher, News Express TV producers can add complex, multi-layered effects that might otherwise have required expensive postproduction work. Kahuna's multi-format capabilities allow the mixing of SD and HD broadcasts and provide a smooth change of format. The GUI and the ability to record and reuse macros helps staff members whose backgrounds are less technical. Kahuna also enables the engineer to map specific keyers to specific M/E outputs.

In addition, News Express TV deployed over 40 modules from the Snell IQ Modular broadcast infrastructure line to support master control and playout functions. Snell's RollCall network management system allows News Express TV engineers to monitor the entire network from a single PC.

"Express News TV plays a critical role in the Indian broadcast landscape by meeting viewers' demand for around-the-clock access to the latest developments in current and breaking news," said Naresh Subherwal, president, Asia-Pacific and Middle East at Snell.

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