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Formosa TV scores a first with Taiwan’s first 4G/wireless workflow

Mobile technology is fast changing the face of broadcasting. With people increasingly expecting content wherever and whenever, the pressure is on broadcasters to find an efficient way to deliver content to viewers without delays and buffering. One way to overcome the banes of network congestion is the use of 4G

Formosa TV scores a first with Taiwan’s first 4G/wireless workflow

Formosa TV combined PWS-100RX1 Network RX Station
with PXW-X500 and X200 XDCAMTM camcorders to
enhance its news workflow

Formosa TV (FTV), the first private terrestrial station in Taiwan and also the first to move from Analogue to Digital TV in 2004 has always embraced new technology. Recognising the need of its viewers, it became Taiwan’s first station to use 4G/wireless transmission in its production workflow to deliver upto- the-minute results of the country’s recent general elections. 

With a population of 23 million people, Taiwan is ranked as the seventh most Formosa Television, Taiwan Formosa TV scores a first with Taiwan’s first 4G/wireless workflow advanced country in digital technology, and has the highest 4G monthly data transmissions in the world.

Thanks to Taiwan’s excellent 4G infrastructure, FTV was able to deliver almost instant coverage of the elections results. And as any newsman will tell you, powerful content and speed in delivery make a potent combination. Needless to say, Formosa TV scored exceptionally well in the coverage of the landmark elections, recording the highest viewership numbers.

Says Bryan Lee, News Department, News Gathering Centre, Formosa Television: “Formosa Television is delighted to be Taiwan’s first TV station to use 4G/ wireless transmission in its workflow. I am sure other channels will be adopting this application very soon.”

To achieve the amazing speed of its news feeds, FTV deployed two units of Sony PWS-100RX1 Network Station for XDCAM.

Formosa Television is delighted to be Taiwan’s first TV station to use 4G/ wireless transmission in its workflow. I am sure other channels will be adopting this application very soon.
- Bryan Lee, News Department News Gathering Centre

The PWS-100RX1 offers high-quality live streaming from XDCAM™ camcorders on a single 4G/LTE cellular channel or Wi-Fi network. It also uses Sony’s unique QoS (quality of service) technology or MPEG2- TS to maintain video and audio integrity during transmission. Each unit can receive up to 30 live streams simultaneously and output up to two through SDI.  


“The PWS-100RX1 provides a very simple way of 4G network transmission. It improves a lot of our news workflow. As long as a camcorder is at field, we could receive live images or files anytime. And most important of all, we did not have to invest in additional SNG vans or 4G backpacks. If we had used our usual six SNG vans and six 4G backpacks, we could achieve only 12 live signals. With the PWS- 100RX1, we achieved over 60 live signals, reaching places other stations could not. The PWS-100RX1 made a big difference,” explains Bryan.

FTV teamed up the PWS-100RX1 with its existing fleet of PXW-X500 and X200 camcorders. Says Bryan: “When combined with the X500 and X200 camcorcorders, our crew did not need any extra adaptors for the PWS-100RX1. This translates into a cost-effective way to stream video content.” 

To ensure a seamless workflow for the general elections, FTV worked closely with Sony Taiwan to train the cameramen and journalists on how to set up the network function on the camcorders, content browser moble and mobile phone. 

Adds Bryan: “The PWS-100RX1 has really improved our workflow. Cameramen can use the 4G dongle or mobile phone wireless sharing function to transfer the streaming video back to the station with the X500 and X200. The GUI of the PWS- 100RX1 is controlled at sub-control rooms, where our producers have full control to decide which streaming video is going to used for the live news feed.”

Besides the PWS-100RX1 and XDCAM™ camcorders, Formosa TV also has an extensive suite of other Sony products like the HDC-1700/1400R and HXC-100 series as well as the MVS-6000 and 8000G Multi-format switchers, which are used both in the studio as well as OB vans.

Says Bryan: “We put the PWS-100RX1 through intensive trials but the real test of its capabilities was in the general elections. The PWS-100RX1 was extremely stable and proved to be a very cost-effective way to improve workflow. The PWS-100RX1 has transformed our workflow process, and we are now using it in our daily news feeds.”