The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre has
hooked up to the Digital Video Network (DVN), enabling live
television broadcasts to occur from the venue without the hassle
of satellite links and outside broadcast vans.
The upgrade of the centre’s analogue fibre
optics system to join the DVN opens the way for television
networks to broadcast digitally from the centre during major
events and for event organisers to send video news releases direct
to television stations.
With the centre now able to receive or transmit
live broadcasts from any room in the venue, organisers will also
be able to coordinate high quality live broadcasts of keynote
The new service further boosts the centre’s
impressive audiovisual capabilities, which include the boutique
production unit, Centre Video Production (CVP), featuring three
high definition editing suites.
The first to use the centre’s new DVN facility
was the 24-hour news TV station, Sky News, which broadcast live
from the venue throughout the Federal Australian Labor Party
conference held from July 30-August 1.
Sky News CEO Angelo Frangopoulos said the
centre’s upgrade had made the TV station’s job infinitely easier.
“Having the ability for Sky News, Sky News
Business and A-PAC to go live to major events at the centre helps
us provide an invaluable service to all Australians,” Mr
“There is no better example of this than our
live coverage of the ALP Conference - broadcast, live and
nationally on A-PAC Australia’s Public Affairs Channel.”
Centre Chief Executive Ton van Amerongen said
the venue’s move onto the DVN was part of its commitment to
provide state-of-the-art facilities to its clients.
“Because the centre provides all its audiovisual
services inhouse, we’re very aware of our clients’ needs and
determined to give them the edge in their events wherever we can,”
Mr van Amerongen said. “Access to DVN will be a huge asset for
event organisers, particularly those keen to achieve widespread
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