Czech Republic’s TV NOVA Goes On-Air with Aveco’s ASTRA Studio 2

Aveco announced that TV NOVA, the channel broadcast by CET21 (a member of the European CME group), and the first privately held nationwide Czech TV station, is now on-air with ASTRA Studio 2 to completely automate their news studio production for Televizní noviny, the news program with one of the highest market shares in Europe and offering its viewers a modern visual experience.

With the production of Televizní noviny becoming increasingly complex, CET21 knew they had to automate its production and selected ASTRA Studio 2 for the task.

“Aveco’s ASTRA Studio 2 controls all our key devices in the news studio in a way that allowed us to design a very complex and visually attractive on-air look for our newscast,” said Josef Uher, CTO of TV Nova. “This new on-air look helps strengthen our news leadership with our viewers.”

“Nova was faced with a difficult challenge—their creative people created a visually impressive look for the show, but one that was technically difficult to implement,” said Pavel Potuzak, Aveco’s Managing Director. “ASTRA Studio 2 provided the ability to automate the complex graphics and other live production functions so that all that is required is a push of a button by the operator.”

ASTRA Studio 2 is a complete news studio automation solution that includes a MOS interface to Octopus, ENPS, Avid iNEWS, Open Media, and other newsroom computer systems. ASTRA Studio 2 controls a wide array of production switchers, graphic devices, video servers, robotic cameras, audio, lighting, and other studio devices making it a truly vendor independent solution for complete news studio automation. Customers can use ASTRA Studio 2 with the studio equipment that best meets their needs and not be tied to one vendor’s line of products.

Being Aveco’s second generation of news studio automation, ASTRA Studio 2 comes with a multi-screen customizable user interface to enable operators to tailor the interface to their exact needs, a new preproduction mode for easily making corrections in a show before air time, and journalists tools to enable them to easily take advantage of all the features in the hardware without having to understand the technical details of broadcast equipment.

ASTRA Studio 2 is available now.

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