TVNZ unveils 17m-long screen driven by Vizrt

The massive screen is made up of 175 LED panels all powered by Viz Engine to create a seamless image.

Crews from New Zealand’s TVNZ have been working through summer to get the new technology up and running in time for the return of the “Breakfast” show on Monday, 22 January.

Content for the new screen, along with the entire live production is being driven by Vizrt’s automation system, Viz Mosart. The system allows a single operator to control the screen, cameras, video, transitions, and other live production operations.

TVNZ isn't revealing the cost of the 2.5m-high screen, but does say it's a major investment in modernising news coverage.

TVNZ's Head of News and Current Affairs John Gillespie says: "This is a major change to the way 1 NEWS presents its flagship news and current affairs content - it's a real leap forward with immersive graphics in a contemporary new studio setting. The centrepiece is our massive new new video wall.

"Storytelling is at the heart of these changes. As New Zealand's most watched news, we want to bring you our stories in the most informative and visually impactful way possible.”

He said the move will be followed by the introduction of our new augmented reality graphics from Vizrt next month.