RTÉ in deal with Sony for station-wide migration to digital HD

27 Oct 2010

State broadcaster RTÉ has signed a contract that will see technology giant Sony play a key role in RTÉ’s station-wide migration to a digital standard and high-definition tapeless environment.

RTÉ has commenced its adoption of Sony’s XDCAM HD422 file-based format equipment as part of the migration.

The deal sees Sony Professional deliver a broad range of its latest tapeless, multistandard and multiformat production equipment which will primarily be used for ENG camera activities and field editing, whilst working alongside RTÉ’s existing news and programme production systems.

Some of the specific equipment ordered from the Sony XDCAM range includes PDW-700 camcorders, PMW-EX3 semi-shoulder compact camcorders, PDW-HD1500 recording decks, PDW-R1 mobile recorder decks and PDW-U1 external drives, which enable recorded material to be viewed on personal computers.

In addition, Sony Professional also provided training, consultancy and implementation services to facilitate RTÉ in its transition to a tapeless environment.

Workflow efficiencies

The station adoption of Sony’s XDCAM solution will deliver significant benefits in terms of improved workflow efficiencies.

Jonathan White, director B2B at Sony Professional, said: “For Sony, this latest XDCAM announcement is another endorsement of our high-end tapeless offering, providing our customers with bespoke solutions to meet their very individual needs in terms of format, workflow and media.”

RTÉ selected Sony Professional following a competitive EU tender process that included extensive field evaluation of the quality and performance of an extensive range of equipment. The implementation phase of this project commenced in the first half 2009.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years