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Tambaú Television Station, located in the city of João Pessoa in Brazil, has acquired a solution for full baseband infrastructure integration for open TV production and streaming as it switches to HD and digital television.

The station is part of the Tambaú Comunication System and affiliated to SBT, one of the biggest channels on the country.

"The effort in developing this project had as its first objective to improve the image and experience for viewers," said Henrique Kirilauskas, superintendent of Tambaú Communication System. "However, the draft of the solution was also focused on the production and exhibition efficiency on the TV programming and the reduction of operation time."

The upgrade for high definition includes improvements to the whole broadcast infrastructure, including the video and audio matrix (Grass Valley Concerto), which is controlled via IP (Grass Valley Prelude), signal distribution and processing modules (Grass Valley Gecko), a full master control solution (Grass Valley Maestro) with a graphic branding pack and full redundancy in both channels, wide monitor solutions and a multi-viewer system integrated with a matrix to monitor the exhibition channels for production and selling.

"Another important variable was the scalability of such technology, with the intention of protecting the company's investment on acquiring the HDTV infrastructure as the market needs increase and with the clear idea that a superior technology implementation allows for system expansion, keeping the signal and the operation simplicity," said Tambaú's technical manager, Cherlyton Duarte. "The technologies which were used offer a guaranteed redundancy, decreasing drastically the probability of fail and also providing trust and durability, producing fewer total costs during its lifetime."

The station also chose the RTS communication system was chosen, allowing two party-line systems for studio operations, control and testing tools from Tektronix, Orban and others, and audio and video processing tools for signal correction from the contribution and generation to the exhibition and streaming.

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