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Channel 5 Simplifies Workflows with Single-Point Infrastructure Posted: 25/11/2019
Channel 5 Simplifies Workflows with Single-Point Infrastructure

Channel 5, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, has dramatically rationalised its core technology by updating to a Platinum™IP3 router from Imagine Communications for its MCR and playout. The remarkable design of the Platinum IP3 incorporates much of the video and audio infrastructure, eliminating a large number of outboard devices from multiple vendors, simplifying cabling and reducing power consumption, as well as making workflows more coherent and transparent.

Channel 5 was already using an Imagine Platinum router, but continually increasing operational demands called for more inputs and outputs. Channel 5 took the opportunity to rationalise its infrastructure by bringing much more functionality into the new, expanded router, eliminating the need for external third-party devices.

“We knew that the newest models of Platinum router, like the IP3, can host a huge amount of functionality within the frame, making system architecture much more logical,” said Sergei Volhin, technical director of Channel 5. “It meant we could do away with a lot of other equipment, making the installation neater and easier to understand. The new Platinum IP3 reduces the cost and complexity, maximises on-air security, and gives us the capability to quickly set up workflows and expand the I/O as our needs develop.”

The new 28RU Platinum IP3 router was specified, configured and installed by Imagine’s channel partner, MediaProject. The IP3 is highly scalable, and in its initial implementation, it provides for 576 x 1024 video I/O in SD and HD, with fully redundant routing and both copper and fibre interfaces. The router also supports 64 TDM audio slots, each carrying up to 128 audio channels.

As well as the highly resilient switching, the Platinum IP3 also offers video and audio processing which in other systems would require large numbers of third-party devices — each consuming power, cooling and rack space. At Channel 5, all the multiviewer displays in the playout and master control area are driven by router-integrated Platinum SX Pro multiviewer cards — enabling a real saving in outboard processors and ensuring faster and more secure operation. The router also integrates audio embedding and de-embedding with full level control and channel shuffling and extensive video processing.

“Every broadcaster wants a core infrastructure that is going to be absolutely secure and resilient, but is also compact, convenient and clear,” said Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM EMEA/APAC, Playout & Networking, at Imagine Communications. “The fundamental design of the Platinum IP3 router allows us to configure very complex signal management, processing and monitoring in the same device, so a single command can fire multiple actions without the need to set each parameter. That makes for very secure operations, even in complex workflows.

“The result is that — as Channel 5 identified — the Platinum IP3 is a complete solution, and one which reduces cost while enhancing resilience,” Eckert added. “And, when the time comes, it can be expanded to encompass IP switching alongside SDI and digital audio, providing long-term security.”

The router project was installed and commissioned by MediaProject during summer 2019.

For more information about Imagine Communications’ products and solutions, please visit https://www.imaginecommunications.com.

 

 

 

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Imagine Communications Updates Core Truck Technology for NEP Belgium Posted: 06/11/2019
Imagine Communications Updates Core Truck Technology for NEP Belgium

Imagine Communications has delivered core technology for a major refresh of an outside broadcast truck for NEP Belgium. As well as providing state-of-the-art and future-proofed solutions, a key part of the challenge was the very tight timescale allocated to complete the refurbishment. Imagine Communications was able to deliver on the tough timetable with the support of its Belgian dealer and partner, VP Media Solutions.

“Our Unit 14 still had many kilometres in it, but with a technology platform that was life-expired,” said Geert Thoelen, transitions manager at NEP Belgium. “We wanted a solution that would fit into the existing space, would give us all the functionality we need today, and be ready for the future, including increasing use of IP connectivity. And we could really only take the truck off the road for little more than a month earlier this year, so our partner had to be capable of moving swiftly to install and commission.”

Imagine Communications was able to comfortably meet the requirements. The new infrastructure is built around the Platinum™ IP3 router. In a single 15RU chassis, this router provides very high-density switching of today’s SDI-HD signals. It is also capable of seamlessly integrating uncompressed video over IP, so is ready to form the basis of a migration to IP connectivity — for example, to introduce Ultra HD signals. In Unit 14, the Platinum IP3 router is also fitted with the Platinum SX Pro multiviewer cards, adding functionality while reducing rack occupancy and power consumption.

Imagine’s Magellan™ SDN Orchestrator provides overall system control in the truck. It is specifically designed to provide unified operational interfaces in a hybrid environment, easing the transition between traditional, SDI-connected technology and software-defined, IP-connected architectures.

Tags: Imagine Communications | NEP Belgium | OB truck | outside broadcast | truck refurbishment | core technology | state-of-the-art | future-proof | VP Media Solutions | Unit 14 | Geert Thoelen | IP connectivity | Mathias Eckert | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Imagine Communications Upgrades Playout at Australias Largest Managed Media Services Provider, NPC Media Posted: 13/09/2019
Imagine Communications Upgrades Playout at Australias Largest Managed Media Services Provider, NPC Media

Imagine Communications has been selected by NPC Media Pty Ltd, a venture formed between Australia’s largest commercial broadcasters, Seven (ASX:SWM) and Nine (ASX:NEC), to provide an extensive infrastructure upgrade of the National Playout Centre (NPC) in Sydney, Australia.

Tags: Imagine Communications | IBC2019 | NPC Media | Australia | Seven Network | Nine Network | National Playout Centre | Chris Howe | playout facility | content management | end-to-end | Versio | Joe Khodeir | Tom Cotney | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Imagine Offers Support for Legacy Equipment, Easing the Transition to the Software Future Posted: 13/09/2019
Imagine Offers Support for Legacy Equipment, Easing the Transition to the Software Future

As part of its commitment to provide continuing support for broadcasters and media companies at any point in the transition towards software-defined solutions, Imagine Communications is developing several new offerings.

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Imagine Communications Infrastructure Underpins New 4K HDR Truck for Videe Posted: 12/09/2019
Imagine Communications Infrastructure Underpins New 4K HDR Truck for Videe

Italian systems integration company Chromaline, which specializes in outside broadcast trucks, has built OBX, a flagship production unit for Videe. The revolutionary design, focused on creating a comfortable working environment for the biggest live events, depends upon core infrastructure products – including routing and multiviewers – from Imagine Communications.

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Imagine Updates Master Control for Egyptian National Media Authority Posted: 09/09/2019
Imagine Updates Master Control for Egyptian National Media Authority

Imagine Communications is building a completely updated master control and playout platform for the newly formed Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA), previously Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU), the national broadcaster in Egypt. The phased upgrade of this facility is designed to deliver a high level of operational resilience and integrates seamlessly with the broadcaster’s existing infrastructure, ensuring a simple and secure transition to IP when the broadcaster is ready to migrate its operations.

Tags: Imagine Communications | ENMA | Egyptian National media Authority | upgrades | flexibility | security | efficiency | playout platform | Egyptian Radio and Television Union | ERTU | seamless integration | Rafaat Younes | Anas Hantash | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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The Philippines Cignal TV Expands Playout Capabilities with Imagine Communications Posted: 22/08/2019
The Philippines Cignal TV Expands Playout Capabilities with Imagine Communications
Cignal TV, the leading satellite broadcaster in the Philippines, has expanded its playout capacity using the fully integrated Versio™ modular playout solution from Imagine Communications. Cignal TV broadcasts premium content on both television and radio to more than two million subscribers across the country. To meet the expectations of its audience, Cignal TV continually adds high-quality content and channels. The new playout system gives the broadcaster increased scalability and speed to market with a future-proofed, software-based solution.
Tags: Imagine Communications | Cignal TV | Philippines | playout | resilience | functionality | IP connectivity | Versio | scalability | Benedict V Galang | Composite Technology Inc. | Platinum VX router | Nexio Motion | Mathias Eckert | MKM Marketing Communications
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Imagine Communications Demonstrates Proven Dynamic Ad Insertion, Playout and Live Production Solutions at BroadcastAsia 2019 Posted: 14/06/2019
Imagine Communications Demonstrates Proven Dynamic Ad Insertion, Playout and Live Production Solutions at BroadcastAsia 2019

Imagine Communications will demonstrate its latest solutions for dynamic advertising, media architectures and the IP transition at BroadcastAsia 2019 (18 – 20 June, Suntec Singapore, stand number 4C2-04). Experts from Imagine’s extensive team in the Asia Pacific region will be joined by subject leaders to provide in-depth support for businesses looking for migration strategies that allow them to advance their technological platforms to next-generation architecture and business models. This approach enables media companies to shape their transition to an IP-connected, software-defined future at their own pace.

Tags: Imagine Communications | BroadcastAsia | dynamic advertising | media architecture | IP transition | subject leaders | own pace | Jason Cheng | Broadcast Master suite | Targeted Delivery solutions | flexibility | scalable | COTS hardware | Brick Ecksten | MKM Marcomms
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Imagine Communications Appoints Ken Gould to Head up Playout and Networking Sales in Canada Posted: 22/05/2019
Imagine Communications Appoints Ken Gould to Head up Playout and Networking Sales in Canada

Imagine Communications has appointed Ken Gould as Account Executive in Canada for its playout and networking business. In his new capacity, Gould is responsible for expanding Imagine Communications’ presence across Canada and supporting broadcasters and media companies as they migrate to IP, cloud and virtualization.

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Imagine Communications Ensures Business Continuity at Sharjah Broadcasting Authority with New Disaster Recovery Centre Posted: 02/05/2019
Imagine Communications Ensures Business Continuity at Sharjah Broadcasting Authority with New Disaster Recovery Centre

Imagine Communications has implemented a disaster recovery solution for Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (SBA, formerly known as Sharjah Media Corporation) at its backup center in Al Thaid, UAE, using software-defined technology in a primarily IP-connected environment. The hybrid disaster recovery site will provide full cover for SBA’s four television channels, which are delivered by a primary playout system also implemented by Imagine.

Tags: Imagine Communications | Sharjah Broadcasting Authority | SBA | disaster recovery | hybrid backup | Sharjah Media Corporation | Al Thaid | UAE | Aisha Alzareef | Anas Hantash | business continuity | Versio | Platinum VX router | Selenio MCP | EPIC MV | MKM Marcomms
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MultiChoice Moves to Exceed Consumer Expectations with IP Platform from Imagine Communications Posted: 26/04/2019
MultiChoice Moves to Exceed Consumer Expectations with IP Platform from Imagine Communications

MultiChoice, the largest satellite broadcaster in Africa, is responding to rapidly growing customer demand for superior content by building a new playout centre. The new facility is the first stage of the broadcaster’s transformation from traditional video playout to leading-edge IP transport and modular playout technology, providing for greater business agility, technical and operational flexibility and a reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO). This allows for an improved consumer experience and ensures faster speed to market with new broadcast offerings.

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Imagine Communications Secures Product Badging in Debut JT-NM Tested Program Posted: 08/04/2019
Imagine Communications Secures Product Badging in Debut JT-NM Tested Program
A major step forward in the march toward IP connectivity in media technology was achieved last month with the debut of the JT-NM Tested program. The Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) has set out the roadmap toward complete interoperability between IP-connected devices from different vendors, based on the principles of the SMPTE ST 2110 family of standards and drawing on the work of AIMS, the Alliance for IP Media Solutions.
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tpc Switzerland Builds Agile Studio Center Around IP Infrastructure from Imagine Communications Posted: 08/04/2019
tpc Switzerland Builds Agile Studio Center Around IP Infrastructure from Imagine Communications
Swiss production and broadcast company tpc, part of the major Swiss public media business SRG SSR, is building a news, sport and technology center in Zurich. This all-IP center, built around the SMPTE ST 2110 family of standards, will use the Selenio™ Network Processor (SNP) from Imagine Communications to provide advanced IP-to-IP video and audio processing, as well as conversion between legacy SDI feeds and equipment and the newly built IP infrastructure.
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Imagine Communications Helps Customers Maximize the Life of their Broadcast Assets Posted: 08/04/2019
Imagine Communications Helps Customers Maximize the Life of their Broadcast Assets
In response to broadcast and media companies who need to maintain their existing assets while planning their move to a software-centric, IP future, Imagine Communications is working with Fortress Solutions to offer a whole-infrastructure care and maintenance package. The new offering, Imagine Service Fortress, provides multi-vendor hardware support and service for almost any vendor product, through a single point of contact. The program is part of Imagine’s customer-centric approach, which looks at the benefits to be accrued from systems and services, beyond traditional product sales.
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Imagine Communications Demonstrates Proven Technology Advances Through Real-World Deployments at the 2019 NAB Show Posted: 26/03/2019
Imagine Communications Demonstrates Proven Technology Advances Through Real-World Deployments at the 2019 NAB Show

Visit Imagine Communications at the 2019 NAB Show (8 – 11 April, Las Vegas, booth SL1516) to experience problem-solving innovation through the real-world lens of its customers from around the globe. The focus is on proven solutions: High-calibre industry influencers will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate how they leveraged Imagine’s practical innovation and migration strategies to personalize the path and pace of their transition to next-generation architectures and business models. This approach enables media companies to plan their transition to an IP-connected, software-defined future at their own pace.

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