Sky Italia extends its robotics

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Vinten Radamec has won an order for three Fusion FP188 robotic camera pedestals with FH100 heads, together with a control system, from Sky Italia for a new studio in Rome.

This will be the fourth Sky Italia studio that has been equipped with Vinten Radamec robotic camera supports, and the first of its studios to use moving pedestals.

Studio B in Rome is an addition to the capabilities for SKYTg24, Sky Italia's 24 hour rolling news channel. Located in a building away from the news production centre it provides resilience to the service as well as adding capacity. For coverage of major news events, such as national elections, Studio B can be linked to the robotic camera system of the main newsroom, allowing the two to work as a single virtual studio by one operator.

"We have developed a strong working partnership with Vinten Radamec and its Italian distributor and systems integrator TAV, which has led to two robotic studios for Sky Sports 24 and now two for SKYTg-24," said Paul Vickerage, head of studios for Sky Italia. "The ability to provide seamless integration, not just with newsroom systems but with other studios is very important to us. Our sports team controls a studio in Rome from its main production base in Milan, and now the news team will be able to go over to Studio B whenever it needs, with everything under a single point of control."

TAV, the Vinten Radamec distributor in Italy, has installed and supports all the robotic systems for Sky Italia. The order for Studio B was concluded following demonstrations at IBC2009.