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Radio538 (RTV) Group, the largest commercial media group in the Netherlands, is developing a new radio and television broadcast facility around a Blackmagic Design infrastructure, including the Universal Videohub and ATEM Production Switchers, for use in conjunction with automation, playback and graphics software from VidiGo.
Privately owned, RTV Group encompasses the national radio brands 538, SLAM!FM and Radio10 Gold, along with a number of online digital radio stations and two television brands, 538 and SLAM!TV. To support all of these stations, RTV decided to build a single, flexible facility that will combine six on air radio studios, a live television studio and a single OB van.
Currently under construction in Hilversum with the help of Dutch reseller Maarten Sound & Vision, the facility will allow RTV to combine broadcasting production and post production for both over the air and online radio and television content in SD and HD. At the heart of the system are two Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub 288s. The first will be responsible for handling video distribution over SDI and fiber over longer distances, while the second will provide complete redundancy and back up, ensuring uninterrupted transmission, critical in a 24/7 live environment.