Malaysian TV Heavyweight TV3 Purchases Quantel Enterprise sQ

Commercial broadcaster TV3, part of Media Prima (Malaysia’s largest media group) has purchased a Quantel Enterprise sQ server-based production system to handle all of its compliance editing requirements. The system, which will also provide production playout back-up facilities, is being supplied through Quantel’s Malaysian partner, Dagang Teknik.

“We’re delighted to be working with Quantel again,” says Tan Kwong Meng, Media Prima’s Group GM of Engineering. “TV3’s news already runs on Quantel Enterprise sQ technology. We therefore had no hesitation in once again selecting Quantel for this challenging new application.”

The new system, scheduled to go on-air towards the end of 2010, will be handling the compliance editing of approximately 70 hours a day of programming. Once the compliance team completes the editing, finished media will be archived onto DIVArchive under the control of Snell Morpheus. The same interface also enables finished programs to be restored onto the Quantel system to provide back-up playout in the event of problems with TV3’s front-line playout technology. This will be the second Quantel-Snell integrated system, following the successful installation of a Quantel server-based production system alongside Snell automation at Sky New Zealand earlier this year.

At the heart of the Quantel system for TV3 are two sQ servers with 1400 hours of storage, supporting 24 sQ View and sQ Cut desktop media review stations and editors. The system also supports four Final Cut Pro editors, fully integrated into the Quantel workflow.

“Having maintained its position as Malaysia’s no.1 FTA TV station for over 25 years, TV3 really knows how to serve its audience, and reliable, productive technology plays a key role in helping them continue to deliver,” says Ray Cross, Quantel CEO. “We pride ourselves on offering the fastest time to air, the highest quality and the best broadcast workflow.”