[15 January 2014]
Versio™ allows broadcaster to move from two channels to eight while saving rack space, with zero downtime
Angel TV, a Christian broadcast service based in Chennai, India, has implemented a channel playout solution from Harris Broadcast, a market share leader of content management and network infrastructure solutions serving the global broadcast, communication service provider, government and enterprise markets. The solution allows Angel TV to quadruple its channel offerings with half the rack space.
“We wanted to reach a wider audience, yet we required a solution that not only fit our resources today but was also scalable for the future,” said Sundar Selvaraj, CMD of Angel TV. “We analysed many potential solutions, and it was clear that Versio™ was the right choice for us. It has an excellent user interface, which is already familiar to us in our ADC™ channel installations, and we know from our experience with Harris Broadcast that we can expect high reliability and excellent service.”
Angel TV was an existing user of Harris Broadcast playout technology, including ADC automation and Nexio® servers, for its two-channel service. It wanted to better serve viewers in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Singapore using eight dedicated channels, but space constraints in its playout centre made this impossible with traditional technology. Versio has allowed Angel TV to grow from delivering two channels to eight, while halving the required space for equipment. To enable processing and compression for distribution of their content, the various channel outputs are encoded and delivered using the Selenio™ media convergence platform.
“We worked diligently with our partner Primetech to win this contract, and were pleased that our strong relationship with Angel TV, our advanced technology and our remarkable support in India were the deciding factors,” said Joe Khodeir, senior vice president for Asia at Harris Broadcast. “The combination of our Versio integrated playout with proven Harris Broadcast networking technology creates an ideal solution for the growing broadcaster who needs to balance cost and space.”
Versio provides a complete playout chain, or “channel-in-a-box”, in a 1U form factor, incorporating the critical elements of the market-leading Harris Broadcast ADC playout automation and graphics as well as Nexio servers. The solution provides all the control, additional events and sophistication of a large-scale playout centre in a very compact form.