Ross Video has been selected by Red Bull Media House as the technology partner for the new ServusTV construction project in Salzburg, Austria. Two years and a global pandemic after the initial announcement, ServusTV is back with the latest tools to improve workflow efficiency.
“Servus TV is the leading private broadcaster in the Austrian market”, comments Philipp Stoegner, Director of Services. “We wanted to build a new flagship facility for ServusTV that would allow us to achieve exceptional productions and design cutting-edge and scalable workflows. It was a real opportunity for us to challenge different manufacturers and vendors in the production of live news and say “show us your best”. After going through this process, Ross established himself as the big winner, which resulted in the important Ross installation that we see today. “
The new facility features the best Ross technology including production Carbonite mixers, XPression graphics and cards, XPression Tessera graphics rendering solution, Furio camera motion systems, Inception News newsroom computer system , the Tria News server, the Streamline media asset management system, the Ultritouch control and control panel installation, and OverDrive – the broadcast industry’s most popular production automation system. It’s quite a shopping list, but Red Bull Media House needed an investment that offered flexibility and scalability. Automating production made perfect sense for their team.
From meeting Ross for the first time at the IBC Expo in Amsterdam in 2018 to opening the new facility in 2020, it was quite a journey. “When we first met Ross, our main focus was on updating our newsroom computer system,” Stoegner notes. “We reviewed Inception – the only web-based newsroom solution at the time – and were very impressed. As the scope of the project grew, our discussions with Ross intensified and I have always been impressed with the openness of Ross’s team. They were certainly keen to make suggestions and share their experiences, but they really listened to us and were very open to discussing product roadmaps and our feature requirements. This is the kind of partnership we need to be successful.
With a commissioning completed in less than three weeks, the ServusTV team is now pulling all cylinders and even looking to expand its content in new directions. “When I explain how we worked with Ross and how we handled the commissioning and training in such a short period of time, people are shocked in a good way. I am delighted with the way the project was delivered and our audience numbers have steadily increased every month since it aired – this is the best measure of success I can ask for.