Hawaii's KITV replaces control room & production switcher with Viz Opus automated news platform

Viz Opus will be used for daily live news production for the Honolulu, Hawaii-based broadcaster.

KITV, the ABC affiliated station in Honolulu, Hawaii, has completed a station-wide migration to full high-definition (HD) newsgathering and production. Their new HD control room went on-air December 5, 2015, and is based around a full complement of automated news content creation technology and systems from Vizrt.

Recently acquired by Lilly Broadcasting, owner of seven network affiliated television stations across the U.S., KITV had a very short timeframe to streamline the station’s workflow and complete its HD migration. To accomplish this, KITV selected the Viz Opus compact control room. Based on the Viz Mosart newsroom automation platform, Viz Opus replaces the video switcher and DVE with a real-time Vizrt graphics engine—providing graphics and two channels of video playout as well. With Viz Opus, KITV can increase productivity, add new effects to their shows, and significantly reduce on-air technical errors.

“We were expecting to spend about $120,000 on a new HD production switcher”, said Kevin Lilly, President at Lilly Broadcasting LLC, based in Framingham, Mass. “Plus we needed HD playout servers. With Viz Opus, we were able to get everything in one package—so we’re saving money on the equipment, as well as getting tremendous operational efficiencies from the included Viz Mosart newsroom automation.”

KITV also purchased a complementary Vizrt Newsroom Package, which will work seamlessly with the station’s newsroom computer system and includes a Viz One compact MAM server as well as a Viz World 3D maps package.

“Over the past 5 years we have had great success implementing and using Vizrt graphics,” continued Lilly. “With small companies like mine we need products that are simple to install and operate, but offer that big market look.  We are excited to have Viz Opus up and running in KITV and we are now moving to install the Vizrt Newsroom Package so we can give viewers in our small markets the same technical look and feel as a top ten market.”

“Viz Opus was created for exactly the type of installation KITV was looking for in a comprehensive automation system, “ said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt CTO. “Local broadcasters need to improve their content creation workflows with affordable solutions in order to compete effectively with larger stations, or ones with bigger budgets. Lilly Broadcasting and its subsidiary SJL Broadcast clearly understand this and are taking the right steps to keep their stations competitive in the marketplace.”

KITV is broadcast over the air from its main transmitter as well as distributed on the local cable TV operator Oceanic Time Warner Cable. The station also operates several satellite stations and translators on all the major Hawaiian Islands to rebroadcast programs outside of metropolitan Honolulu.

About Vizrt

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, video editing, compositing, and playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, NDR, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK and the list keeps growing. Vizrt has nearly 600 employees and operates in 40 offices worldwide. Vizrt is a privately owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII.

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