'India’s Got Talent' looks to Skype for outside contributions
INDIA: Riedel Communications’ equipment has been supporting the popular reality show India’s Got Talent (IGT). The manufacturer’s solution for bringing Skype connectivity into a professional broadcast environment was selected by the Hindi-language entertainment television channel that broadcasts the programme, ColorsTV. The STX-200 solution reportedly makes it easier to introduce high-quality contributions from across the production facility or from viewers spread throughout the country.
An engineering team from Riedel integrated eight STX-200 units with the Skype TX Studio system at the IGT production facilities in Mumbai, along with a MediorNet Compact network and Artist digital matrix intercom system. Fans are able to connect with the show via Skype-to-Skype calls, group videocalls and instant messages, and working with Skype and the installed Riedel systems, show producers can add ‘new and original fan-focused content’ to the broadcast while continually checking the quality of that feed.
‘Riedel systems are designed to excel in the live production environment, and the deployment of our STX-200, as well as our Artist and MediorNet systems, for IGT has been another successful example of their reliability and ease of use,’ stated Lars Höhmann, product manager for MediorNet and Skype at Riedel. ‘Our communications and networking solutions make it easy and affordable to bring the interactivity of the show to new heights.’
Together, the STX-200, MediorNet Compact, and Artist systems transport programme video with embedded audio from the studio to the production switcher and on to the control room, as well as enabling flexible routing of signals to individual Skype users. One suggested workflow is that the host might call contestants via Skype to let them know that they will be heading to the next round of the competition, or show producers might arrange for surprise calls by family and friends to contestants in the studio.
Additionally, working with the Skype TX interface, a single operator in the ITG control room is reportedly able to monitor and control all eight STX-200 units, preview and monitor the quality of multiple calls, and a set a threshold, whereby if the video drops below a certain quality, the feed is replaced with a still image of the speaker.