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09/05/2017

Broadcasting Center Europe Selects SAM Solutions

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Snell Advanced Media (SAM) has delivered an end-to-end IP infrastructure solution at RTL Group's new Luxembourg headquarters, RTL City.

SAM was selected for the project following rigorous testing by Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), the systems integrator for the project, which was designed to consolidate all the broadcaster's operations in one location.

Providing an end-to-end IP routing system, SAM was chosen for its ability to demonstrate full SMPTE ST 2022-7 redundant hitless operation, with seamless recovery from interruption to one IP link. SAM had a clear on-air upgrade path from ST 2022-6 and VSF TR-04 to TR-03/ST 2110 with AES67 support throughout. Other factors included the ability to deliver 40GbE network technology and fast SDI-level performance and clean (COTS IP) switching, with no SDN required. In addition, SAM's media flows and control system exhibited the best up-times, reliability and fast error recovery. SAM was able to demonstrate the system at scale, with the final solution handling x960 2022-6 video flows, x1103 AES67 (each x8 AES3) audio flows using more than 1104 ports.

SAM was able to demonstrate comprehensive user intuitive router control, transparent to the operator whether in SDI, IP or hybrid operation, on both traditional software and hardware router panels, including multi-level routing support with VSF TR-04 for audio breakaways. Interoperability with third-party control systems means it is easy for users to control the routing in the system via SAM router controllers.

The SAM IP routing system integrates SAM's Kahuna IP production switchers, IQ-Edge IP processing systems, IP routing control systems and IP Multiviewers. The initial deployment is based around VSF TR-04 using SMPTE ST 2022-6/7 & AES67 redundant IP streams with a seamless migration to VSF TR-03.

Jean Lampach, Chief Technology and Development Officer at BCE, said: "Having undertaken extensive and highly competitive tests into the suppliers within the market, SAM's experience and product offering was truly unmatched. They quickly understood our business needs and challenges, and have technology that offers flexibility and scalability, making them the right partner to help undertake our IP deployment. They put the needs of our customers at the core, and as a result they ensured a smooth transition path that will enable us to continue to deliver exemplary services as we evolve."

Robert Szabó-Rowe, EVP and GM, Live Production and Infrastructure at SAM, added: "Congratulations to RTL and BCE on the successful launch of this market-leading project. We're very proud to have been chosen by BCE; it's a testament to our commitment to open, interoperable architecture and a strong roadmap that underlines that we are a partner for the long term. SAM is focused on helping customers to transition to new technologies and workflows – be that IP, 4K/UHD or HDR – as risk free as possible and we work in close collaboration with them to make this happen."

The new system supports programme broadcasting 24/7 for a number of channels including RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Chamber TV (Luxembourg), RTL TVI, Club RTL, Plug TV (Belgium), RTL4, RTL5, RTL7, RTL8, RTL Z (Netherlands), RTL9 and AB Groupe movie channels (France).

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