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WNET, one of the largest public media providers in the US, has chosen the Nevion Virtuoso software-defined media node platform.

WNET has been providing non-commercial TV to the New York metropolitan area for over 50 years. Most commonly associated with channel THIRTEEN, WNET is the parent company of several other channels, including WLIW which serves the Long Island area.

The public television station will use the node to enable a remote production at WNET’s unmanned WLIW studio in Plainview, Long Island, controlled from its New York City headquarters. The Nevion Virtuosos takes multiple camera and audio feeds from the Plainview studio and backhauls them to the Manhattan control room.

Prior to deploying Nevion Virtuosos, the control room couldn’t facilitate remote operation of its WLIW station. As a result, recording of material for WLIW programming had to be conducted at the Manhattan studio, requiring guests and staff to travel in from Long Island, which was time-consuming. Nevion’s Virtuoso allows the broadcaster to shoot all local features at the Plainview studio, rather than requiring guests to travel to Manhattan to record segments, which historically would take up a substantial proportion of the guests’ day.

“Since WNET serves over 7 million households, we needed a reliable and agile solution, which, with no faults since deployment in early 2018, Nevion Virtuoso has proven itself to be,” said Frank Graybill, director of engineering, WNET.

Hans Hasselbach, chief commercial officer at Nevion, added: “We have been really pleased to see how easily Nevion Virtuoso has been integrated into WNET’s existing setup, and how beneficial the remote production capabilities have been so far. Remote production is changing live-TV production in many different applications, large and small, bringing agility and cost-savings that enable broadcasters to remain original, relevant and competitive.”