Thai PBS, a public broadcasting service located in Thailand, has chosen Ross Video for two new production switchers. The company was established in 2008 to create content for public service consumption, and recently had a mandate to make upgrades to its two main studios, including the ability to create content in 4K and major improvements to its existing HD studio.
The new Ross Video switchers are used for the primary production of Thai PBS’ live content at their broadcast facility headquarters in central Bangkok. The main objective of these upgrades was to enable Thai PBS’ studios to create better quality content and ensure that they would be able to increase capacity in the future.
As part of the tender Thai PBS engineers also specified a requirement for production workflow flexibility that would allow for different types of technology such as SDI or IP. They also wanted a well-known and trusted switcher brand that provides high-quality manufacturing and design and is backed by solid service and support.
The production team at Thai PBS had used the Ross Carbonite switcher in the past and were familiar with and impressed by its quality and functionality and after a full evaluation and assessment of all available options on the market, they decided to choose Ross as the production switcher vendor for the studio upgrade project.
For their main studio upgrade Thai PBS chose the flagship Acuity production switcher with a 4 M/E row and the Acuity control surface. It also selected Ross’ Hyperconverged Production Platform, the 4ME Ultrix Acuity 4K / UHD Switcher, with a 4ME row Acuity panel configuration.
For the installation process, Ross delivered the switchers to Thai PBS in March 2023 and the installation process was completed in April. Commissioning and training were done shortly after installation, with the switchers going live on the air in May in time for the 2023 Thailand General Election.
The switchers have already allowed the Thai PBS production team to greatly improve their creativity and storytelling capabilities. The team was already familiar with Ross Production Switchers and control surfaces thanks to a recent installation for its World News brand and this made it easier for them to install and adapt to the larger, more powerful Acuity series.
With state-of-the-art connectivity, the new Ross Video Hyperconverged switchers have also enabled seamless integration with Thai PBS’ existing automation system for a smoother and more efficient workflow.