First HD capable Outdoor Broadcast vehicle in Baltic area

23.01.2008

First HD capable Outdoor Broadcast vehicle (OB-van) in Baltic area has been put in operation by Estonian based service provider AS Levira. Now in addition to HD SNG services Levira is capable to provide also outdoor production facilities in Estonia, Baltics and Scandinavia.

In co-operation with Finnsat Broadcast Systems the OB-van was purchased from European leading OB operator Alfacam and upgraded to be able to fulfill market expectations. OB is equipped with GVG 6000 series HD cameras and Sony DVE8000 SD and Sony MFS2000 HD video mixers allowing to use the van for production in both SD and HD formats.

12 cameras capacity, excellent selection of different lenses, audio and video mixers with wide range of options, 2 EVS and different recorders-players secure that all possible customer needs shall be met. Flexible routing and communication systems make the OB-van universal for different kind of events.

“3 years ago Levira started with SNG services and has been continuously increasing service volumes providing services to various customers in Estonia, Baltic’s, Scandinavia and beyond.” said CEO of AS Levira Mr. Mart Einpalu, “Last autumn we added new HD SNG-van into our SNG fleet. Starting now with OB services is a natural development allowing us to better meet our customer’s expectations and needs and continuously be in the forefront of broadcasting industry by deploying newest technologies and providing best facilities in the region.”

“Co-operation with Levira utilizing leading edge digital television technology started in 2003 and is now entering to next level. Finnsat Group has been in digital television transmission business since 1996 and is now expanding to HD production systems like Leviras HD OB anf SNG with the new business concept” said Mr. Leif Saarela, CEO of Finnsat Group.

As one of the first jobs new OB shall be used for production of live transmission of Tartu Maraton, a Worldloppet series ski marathon race in Otepää in south of Estonia in February.

AS Levira (www.levira.ee) is a broadcasting infrastructure company based in Tallinn, Estonia. The shareholders of Levira are the Estonian state (51%) and the French telecom and broadcast transmission company TDF (49%). Levira is Estonia’s largest radiobroadcast and it’s only TV-broadcast transmission service provider. Levira engages itself in network planning, engineering and development and is providing different audio-visual services (SNG, OB and Play-out) in Estonia and abroad.

Finnsat Broadcast Systems (www.finnsat.ee) is a leading digital television system supplier in Finland and the Baltic countries. It is part of the Finnish Finnsat Group. The group has been building digital television systems for more than 10 years. Its sales for 2007 was 34 million Euros.
Additional information:

Indrek Lepp
AS Levira
Director, Division of TV & AV Services
Tel: +372 680 4000
levira@levira.ee