The ink has since dried on a deal signed between Multimedia Group Ltd (MGL) operators of Multi TV and Broadcast Solutions Africa and local representatives of Grass Valley (broadcast equipment manufacturers), to add High Definition (HD) TV channels to Multi TV’s current bouquet of TV channels.
Multimedia Group (MGL), operator of Multi TV, a new digital satellite multichannel TV station in Ghana, is launching a new HDTV channel in Africa with technology and engineering support from Grass Valley.
This new multifaceted project will expand the existing radio studio production and news editing room facilities with two additional TV studios that will feature Grass Valley LDK 3000 HD cameras, a Kayak HD switcher, Acappella router and a variety of Grass Valley GeckoFlex signal processing modules.
Another thing that is clear from the news item is that Multi TV would now produce more of its TV broadcasts and would offer more live TV programmes. It is however unclear if their existing decoders (digiboxes) would support the new HD channels or if new HD decoders would be unleashed on the market.
Another news report from 4rfv.co.uk throws more light:
Once completely installed this month, the new Grass Valley technologies and systems will help Multi TV improve the quality of its programming in and consequently increase its audience in Ghana.
The significant new contract, which was signed at NAB in Las Vegas, also includes system design and integration by Grass Valley engineers, as well as supplying local system support going forward.
FitzRoy Brown, Managing Director of Broadcast Solutions Africa and local representatives of Grass Valley, stated: “Working with Grass Valley on this project has been phenomenal and using Grass Valley’s technology, skills and tools have resulted in a professional system that compares to standards at CNN and Al Jazeera. We hope to bring our experience and expertise to bear in similar projects for the Nation’s broadcaster GBC and other private broadcasters.”
Multimedia Group owns and operates Joy 99.7 FM and five other radio stations in Ghana and obtained a TV broadcast license in 2008, going on-air with an automated playout system based on Grass Valley K2 media servers in the summer of 2009.
The Grass Valley LDK 3000 Value-Priced High-Definition (HD) camera is a multi-format system combining flexibility and high picture quality at a reasonable cost. Meeting a range of production requirements worldwide, the LDK 3000 camera supports 1080i50/60 and 720p50/60. The camera was built using three 2/3-inch, 2.4 million pixel Xensium CMOS imagers, specially developed for demanding broadcast applications.
HD is the next phase of TV broadcast that offers much more visual resolution and often times, surround-sound audio.