Cignal TV expands playout capabilities with Imagine Communications

Cignal TV expands playout capabilities with Imagine Communications
Cignal TV expands playout capabilities with Imagine Communications

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Cignal TV, a satellite broadcaster in the Philippines, has expanded its playout capacity using the fully integrated Versio modular playout solution from Imagine Communications. The new playout system gives the broadcaster increased scalability and speed to market with a software-based solution.

“It was vital that the additional capacity slotted seamlessly into our existing operations to minimize disruption. Imagine Communications demonstrated it could provide a solution quickly, fitting precisely into our workflow and, through the redundancy, ensuring the reliability and security we required. With the new installation we can make a positive step towards the IP transition when the time comes," said Benedict V Galang, first VP, Network Engineering & Operation, Cignal TV.

Versio expands the system to 4+1 channels, providing redundancy on every channel. The channels have the capability of live broadcasting, switching via Cignal’s existing Platinum VX router. Imagine’s market-proven ADC automation system ensures reliable, flexible and efficient operations across the entire workflow. Content is stored on an Imagine Versio IOX SAN high-performance online storage system, connected to the Versio array over 10 gigabit fiber ethernet. The Versio software also provides the broadcast graphics, and a Nexio Motion workflow engine provides content management.

For Imagine Communications, Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM, EMEA & APAC, added, “An MCR is the mission-critical hub for broadcast operations — any downtime means lost revenues. It needs to be a reliable and efficient workplace, which is automated as far as possible and easy to operate, monitor and maintain. Our software-defined solutions allow us to precisely tailor systems to provide a path to IP as and when Cignal TV wishes to make this transition.”

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