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TV5 Monde Adds Virtual North American Playout Channel

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Global TV network TV5 Monde has selected Pixel Power's StreamMaster to virtualise a new playout channel for its North American service.

Traditionally, another channel would be added to TV5 Monde's conventional playout centre, and a dedicated fibre or satellite path from its Paris headquarters to the partner streaming media service in the USA.

However Pixel Power's StreamMaster solution runs a new version of the channel – with full functionality including opt-out content, localisation of content and additional graphics – as a virtual machine, running on its data centre blade server infrastructure.

Using the new software solution was made simple due to TV5 Monde already being a user of the Pixel Power ChannelMaster system under GalliumAutomation control. The new channel can be delivered using a Zixi internet feed rather than dedicated video connectivity, making the whole process simpler and tidier.

Mallory Delaporte, Head of Engineering at TV5 Monde, said: "We could have simply bought an SDI to IP encoder to push an existing channel over Zixi.

"But the Pixel Power solution, which costs us less than an encoder would, gives us more flexibility and more functionality. And, because it is an instance of software in our data centre, it is resilient because we can simply spin up a backup if we need to. Our ChannelMaster playout infrastructure serves us well, and StreamMaster is an extremely effective way of adding new services."

Pixel Power's CEO, James Gilbert, added: "This is a great example of why software-defined architectures are the way to go. StreamMaster is a real-time, full-function channel playout system, but implemented in software. As we did at TV5 Monde we can implement it virtually instantly, giving them a better solution, at a better price, with better resilience and security – a real win all round."

Pixel Power is to exhibit at IBC2016 on stand 7.A31. Among the demonstrations will be StreamMaster running a full, premium channel in the cloud.


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