Frances NRJ Group Consolidates SD HD Ingest and Playout with Omneon Infrastructure

Date: 22/11/2010
Harmonic Inc. today announced that the NRJ Group has completed installation of an Omneon video server infrastructure supporting file-based SD/HD broadcast operations, from ingest through playout, at the media group's Paris facilities. Supplied by systems integrator Soci©t© Fran§aise de Production (SFP), Omneon Spectrum(TM) and MediaDeck(TM) server systems were installed progressively to create a centralized infrastructure for consolidated ingest and playout of broadcast channels NRJ Paris, NRJ Hits, and NRJ 12.

"The Omneon Spectrum and MediaDeck media servers are the best fit for our requirements, in terms of both architecture and performance," said Cedric Drapeau, technical director at NRJ Group. "In addition to providing well-established reliability, complemented by responsive and professional local support, Omneon server systems remain the most cost-effective and flexible platforms in the industry. They have allowed the NRJ Group to repatriate two channels hosted externally, optimize its infrastructure, and lower its operational costs while building a foundation for further growth."

The Omneon-based centralized infrastructure created by the NRJ Group supports operations for three SD channels and the newly launched NRJ 12 in HD, and it also provides an easily extensible platform for future playout of NRJ Hits in HD. Two MediaDeck systems support SD/HD ingest and QC (quality control) prior to playout. Content is transferred to a nearline storage server and then transmitted to the appropriate Omneon Spectrum system for playout. One Omneon Spectrum system supports HD ingest and provides main and backup playout of NRJ 12 in SD and HD, and a second provides main and backup playout for NRJ Hits and NRJ Paris in SD. The versatility of the Omneon systems allows the NRJ Group to manage ingest, file-quality verification, and main and backup playout on a single platform, thus reducing both the cost and complexity of the group's multiformat broadcast operations.

"The NRJ Group is a longtime leader in French media, and is now also a leading creative multimedia group that is continuously expanding its content production and services to satisfy an expanding audience," said Geoff Stedman, Vice President for Omneon and Corporate Marketing at Harmonic. "As the group brings its television broadcast content into the HD realm, its Omneon video file infrastructure offers the dependable performance and scalability critical to ongoing growth."

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