Formosa TV Hits a Home Run, Again!

Formosa Television, Taiwan.

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The Challenge

  • Formosa Television (FTV) is the country’s first private terrestrial station and also the first to move from analogue to Digital TV and adopt 4G/wireless transmission in its workflow
  • To take live sports coverage for baseball and basketball into a new league, FTV needs to enhance its HD/4K and UHFR production capabilities, and also complete its tapeless workflow migration

The Outcome

  • TV viewers are blown away with FTV’s sports coverage, the HDC-4800 provides stunning Full HD at 960P, which is 16 times superb slow-mo images, perfect for baseball and basketball
  • FTV expands its HD/4K and UHFR capabilities and accelerates cost-efficient wireless workflow with the PWS-4500 4K/HD XAVC server

The Solution

  • FTV acquires over 30 sets of 4K/HD system cameras, Highend HD switcher, 4K/HD multi-port AV storage unit, XDCAM Deck/IT Server and Professional monitors for studios and OB vans

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Sony worked as a partner and ensured our new HQ was up and running on time. Their excellent after-sales services also made Sony the preferred partner to take FTV into the future.

Pingtung Shih
Manager, PGM Division, Engineering Group Formosa TV Station (FTV)

Baseball is huge in Taiwan. It’s so popular it’s even featured on its NT$500 note. Sell-out attendances are a common sight at baseball matches, especially during the Chinese Professional Baseball League season.

Formosa Television (FTV), the country’s first private terrestrial station and also the first to move from analogue to Digital TV and adopt 4G/wireless transmission in its workflow, has always been seen as a game-changer in Taiwan’s competitive TV landscape.

To take its live sports coverage for baseball and basketball into a new league, FTV recently invested in two units of the revolutionary HDC-4800 4K/HD Ultra High Frame Rate Camera System for its OB vans.

The use of UHFR not only heralded a new era in sports coverage in Taiwan, it also helped chalk up another accolade for FTV: the first TV station in Asia Pacific to acquire the HDC-4800.

 

Designed to draw audiences close to the heart of the action, the HDC-4800 is an all-in-one UHFR solution that achieves a lot of everything — very high frame rate, very high resolution, and it works seamlessly within Sony’s current HDC family.

Says Pingtung Shih, Manager, PGM Division, Engineering Group, Formosa TV: “Our TV viewers are blown away with our sports coverage. The HDC-4800 provides stunning Full HD at 960P, that’s 16 times superb slow-mo images, perfect for baseball and basketball. No other TV station in Taiwan can match what FTV brings to sports.”

The acquisition of the ground-breaking HDC-4800 cameras was part of FTV’s bigger game plan. In June, 2017, FTV marked its 20th anniversary by moving into its brand new Headquarters at Linkou District, New Taipei City.

For the first time in its history, FTV will house all its broadcast operations under one roof, including bigger studios, editing suites and auditoriums. FTV’s 14-storey facility will form the centrepiece of a new film and media centre hub that’s fast shaping up in the district, which is only minutes away from Taipei’s international airport.

Adds Shih: Our move to our new HQ provided us with the perfect opportunity to complete our tapeless workflow migration and expand our equipment inventory for our new studios OB vans and editing suites.”

A quick look at FTV’s new acquisitions reveal a wide range of Sony equipment such as HDC-4300 (8 units) and HDC-2400 systems camera (17 units), HDC-1700 HD system cameras (4 units), HXC-FB75 HD camera for its new OTT media studio, a range of multi-format switchers including the latest XVS-7000, MVS-7000X, MVS-3000A and MVS-6530, XDCAM™ decks and Professional LCD monitors.

Special mention is made of FTV’s selection of the 11 units of PWS-4500 4K/HD XAVC server for its studios and OB vans. Says Shih: “The PWS-4500 server not only accelerates our tapeless workflow but is a perfect fit for the HDC-4800 as it can handle UHFR.”

Concludes Shih: “We’re very impressed with Sony’s full suite of products and services. Sony worked as a partner and ensured our new HQ was up and running on time. Their excellent after-sales services also made Sony the preferred partner to take FTV into the future.”