Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 20-07-2011

The Philippines' broadcast network TV5 has chosen technology provider KIT digital to help it become the first fully automated, IP-based digital and HD-enabled facility in the region.

The upgrade to TV5's Technical Operations Center (TOC) includes significant enhancements to its production and post-production capabilities to support the network's effort to produce more premium content - including the recently launched news channel AksyonTV 41 and the prime time sports block AKTV on IBC Channel 13.

"We are very pleased to have been selected as TV5's partner in advancing broadcast technology in the Philippines and setting the groundwork to transition into multi-platform distribution over digital terrestrial, satellite, and IP networks, with single-point ingestion and asset management," said KIT digital's senior vice-president, Asia-Pacific, Ashish Mukherjee.

"This client win reflects KIT digital's unique ability to provide advanced integration services coupled with cloud-based platform solutions that enable traditional broadcasters to revamp their existing legacy delivery models and bridge the gap between traditional broadcast and next generation software-based broadband video head-ends."

Now the fastest growing network in the Philippines, TV5 is migrating all three of its major channels to HD, and is in the process of building a new facility in Mandaluyong City.

TV5 president and CEO, Atty. Ray C. Espinosa said: "We are very enthusiastic with our transition to HD and with the broadcast and OTT platform enhancements that are bound to propel our network to the forefront of modern broadcasting. We take pride in being the first to introduce leading edge technologies to our viewers, and we are glad that we have partnered with KIT digital in realising our vision for the network."

KIT digital staff will be on the ground in Manila to train and work closely together with TV5's project management team to support the upgrade of the facilities, the implementation of the KIT Platform, and create efficient ongoing workflow processes and platform training that will support TV5 for the years to come.