7/6/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the selection of a number of it's video test products by TV facility provider, Alfacam, and Euro1080, Europe's first High Definition (HD) satellite channel. Alfacam and Euro1080 have chosen Tektronix as an official partner to supply video / audio monitors and synchronization / signal generators to support upcoming coverage that includes Euro2004 and the Athens Olympics.
Euro1080, which launched two HD satellite channels in January 2004, was founded by TV facility provider Alfacam. The deal with Tektronix incorporates a number of products being used in the refurbishment of existing Outside Broadcasting (OB) vans and fitting out of newer, larger trucks in the Alfacam fleet. Some vehicles carry as many as 36 of the latest HD cameras and require complex HD and/or Standard Definition (SD) video monitoring tools. Other facilities being outfitted include new Euro1080 studios, associated control rooms, editing suites and a play out center; all at a brand new Alfacam / Euro1080 media-complex in Lint, Belgium, due to open in September 2004. Equipment being integrated includes Tektronix' WFM700 HD/SD waveform monitors, TG700 HD/SD synchronization / signal generators and ECO422D HD/SD changeover units.
"As the region's only HD satellite channel, the investment in Tektronix' test & measurement equipment is part of Alfacam's in-house system design and refurbishment program to prepare for events in 2004 that include Euro2004 in Portugal and the Athens Olympics," said, Gabriel Fehervari, General Manager of Alfacam and Euro1080. "It is important, therefore, to have the best possible equipment to provide high quality HDTV and to integrate this technology quickly and effectively into Alfacam's 19 OB vans at the Olympics and our presence at all Euro2004 matches."
"We are proud to be an official partner of Alfacam and Euro1080, especially at such an exciting time for the industry," said Todd Biddle, vice president, Video Product Line at Tektronix. "Tektronix has supplied high quality HD instruments to this emergent market since its inception, and will continue to do so. The application of Tektronix' technology to such important and highly visible sporting events is testament to the growing importance of emerging HD technologies, and indicative of the complex monitoring issues involved."
About the WFM700
The Tektronix WFM700 offers a comprehensive set of features to address the needs of television professionals using digital video technology in either standard or high definition formats, with the ability to add audio monitoring. From enhanced error checking with full time-stamping and logging, to sophisticated remote control, and increased functionality via a versatile display, the WFM700 provides flexible and fully automated checking that puts users in control of every important measurement parameter.
About the TG700
The TG700 is a multi-format, analog and digital, precision signal generation platform. Designed with the changing needs of the video industry in mind, the TG700 offers sync pulse generation and test signal generation for a wide array of analog, serial digital, and digital high definition formats. The TG700 Multi-format Video Generator has a modular architecture that offers the flexibility to meet the single format and growing multi-format needs of the video professional. The TG700 mainframe allows up to four of the following modules to be fitted in the mainframe.
About the ECO422D
The ECO422D is a highly versatile sync changeover unit designed for use in a serial SD/HD digital television environment. The ECO422D will accommodate component or composite serial digital video signals, AES/EBU digital audio, tri-level sync and analog black burst signals. This flexibility makes the ECO422D ideal for both the mixed-format and all-digital television facility.
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is www.tektronix.com
Alfacam is probably the most attractive and largest TV facilities provider in Europe today. The core business of Alfacam is to provide large Outside Broadcast (OB) vans that enable broadcasters to record major events, such as the World Championships Athletics in Seville, Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and European Championship Football 2004 in Portugal. Alfacam is also a pioneer in high definition TV, with considerable experience and know-how in this new area of TV, carrying out over 300 HDTV projects in the last two years. Example projects include Elton John, the Rolling Stones, The Celebration Concert of St Petersburg 300 year and LG Super Racing.
Euro1080 was launched on January 1st 2004 and is the first channel to broadcast exclusively in High Definition throughout Europe. HDTV uses more pixels and lines to produce a high-quality image. Euro1080 offers high-quality content: sports, music, shows and cultural events are being broadcasted by satellite with best quality surround sound, exclusively in HDTV format. Euro1080 consists of 2 channels. A Main Channel, distributing a daily 4 hours' program to the European households and an Event Channel, distributing event programs (live or recorded) to the European cinemas and larger venues. Euro1080's web address is www.euro1080.tv.
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