Advanced Technology and Collaboration Drive Broadcasting ExcellenceOTTAWA, CANADA, OCTOBER 03, 2023 – QTV, a leading provider of bespoke production services and outside broadcast facilities, in partnership with ES Broadcast and Ross Video, has enhanced its sports broadcasting capabilities to better serve its clients, including the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), BBC, EBU, World Archery, and The New York Times. As Scotland’s largest outside broadcast facilities provider, QTV produced over 500 events and outside broadcasts across all sectors in 2022. It is the production partner of the SPFL, delivering coverage of 180 Cinch Premiership matches a season and managing the league’s post-production, world feeds and streaming distribution. In October 2022, QTV facilitated the introduction of, and now hosts, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) operations centre for the Scottish FA. Facing a challenge to implement an efficient video routing and switching solution, QTV adopted technology from Ross Video, facilitated by ES Broadcast, its principal technology partner. ES Broadcast identified a range of Ross products that would form the standard technology for QTV to build upon. Ross’ end-to-end solutions – with products including Ultrix routers, Carbonite switchers and openGear infrastructure – have become integral components in QTV’s technical strategy. Key milestones in this partnership include:
- In 2017, QTV initiated services for the SPFL with new broadcasting equipment.
- Adoption of a remote production model by 2020, securing a multi-year contract with the SPFL.
- Launch of custom remote engineering vehicles (ENG) for efficient broadcasting.
- In 2022, QTV relocated to Clydesdale House, a facility purpose-built for remote production, increasing its production capacity.
- By 2023, QTV further expanded its facilities to meet growing demands.
“Our partnership with Ross Video and ES Broadcast has been a game-changer for us at QTV. Their cutting-edge solutions have not only allowed us to produce top-quality content but have been instrumental in our expansion and success in the sports broadcasting sector. Their exceptional support and innovation are invaluable to our operations, and we look forward to many more years of successful cooperation.” – Gareth Gordon, Chief Technology Officer at QTV.“The last six years working with QTV on their projects have been a great example of the infrastructure product portfolio, support and flexibility that we have come to expect from Ross Video. The Ultrix and Carbonite products continue to evolve, something I’m proud to say the ES Broadcast engineering team have been able to help steer with ongoing feedback, and Ross provides us with an excellent platform to build projects from, whether it’s for OB, studio, facility or flypack”. Jonathan Lyth – Group CTO at ES Broadcast.
“We are proud to have played a part in QTV’s phenomenal growth story. It’s rewarding to see how our solutions have enabled them to scale and excel in an industry that demands innovation and reliability. At Ross, we are committed to empowering our clients with the tools they need to create exceptional content and experiences, and QTV’s achievements underline the power of combining innovative technology with an ambitious vision.” – Mark Gardner, Director of Sales, EMEA at Ross Video.About QTV QTV provides innovative facilities solutions for a fast-changing broadcast and digital landscape, combining international experience with local knowledge to serve over eighty rights-holders and broadcasters each year. The company is the principal facilities partner of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), delivering outside broadcasts at 180 Premiership matches per season and managing the league’s post-production, world feeds, and streaming distribution. QTV has invested heavily in remote production capacity over the last three years and over 165 of its Scottish Premiership football matches are produced remotely from Clydesdale House in Glasgow, which hosts five remote production control rooms and a new twelve-camera gallery, which came online in July 2023. Clydesdale House also plays host to the Scottish FA’s Video Assistant Referee (VAR) operations. QTV was an integral partner in designing the technical workflow and budget for implementation of VAR in Scottish football from a remote centre, mirroring the model created by IMG for Premier League Productions and PGMOL at Stockley Park in London. QTV is now Scotland’s largest outside broadcast facilities provider having delivered 569 events and 252 outside broadcasts across all sectors in 2022. QTV is also an ethical employer that places values at the core of its business. It is a signatory of the UK Real Living Wage, Scottish Business Pledge, and is an Investor in Young People. Please visit our website – https://qtv.media/ for more about the company and team. About ES Broadcast ES Broadcast is a leading provider of sales, rental and system integration solutions for the broadcast sector. Offering the latest cutting-edge technology through approved partnerships with the industry’s biggest manufacturers, ES Broadcast works with world-class names in the realms of outside broadcasting, live production and sport, providing them with the technology they need to deliver their events to a global audience.