Botswana TV (BTV) has purchased a major upgrade for its Quantel Enterprise sQ news production system. BTV is the state broadcaster for Botswana in southern Africa and has been using Quantel news production tools since 2001.
The upgrade provides BTV with the latest Quantel V5 software which makes all journalist and editing PCs compliant with the latest Windows 7 operating system as well as adding a host of new editing, workflow and management facilities.
Also included in the deal are upgrades of BTV’s craft editing workstations to the new Quantel Qube, which provides fast GPU-based image processing along with increased media storage. In addition to the upgrades, BTV has invested in Quantel’s QTube global media workflow solution. This will enable BTV users in regional bureaux spread across Botswana to access the Quantel production system in the capital, Gaborone. The QTube system is configured to allow users in BTV’s eight regional centers to simultaneously view and edit live content captured in the Enterprise sQ system over standard internet connections.
Director of Botswana TV’s Department of Broadcasting Services, Lesole Obonye said: “This major upgrade demonstrates our complete satisfaction with Quantel production systems and the company’s great engineering support service. We have been using Quantel for all aspects of our production for over a decade and have always been happy with the combination of incredible power and speed of the Quantel servers linked to a simple-to-use editing interface. The ability to extend this interface into our regional bureaux using QTube is another big step for us. This will enable us to combine content from different locations to add context and value to our news output, giving our viewers an even better experience.”
Quantel sales director, Martin Mulligan, added: “Botswana TV has been a loyal customer of Quantel’s for many years now, and we are delighted that the broadcaster has chosen once again to move forward with Quantel.”