South Africa’s SuperSport adds Volicon Observer logging system

SuperSport, a leading sports broadcaster based in South Africa, is using the Volicon Observer digital video logging and monitoring system to record 64 channels (currently eight HD and 56 SD), all locally packaged. The Volicon system — delivered, installed, and supported by systems integrator Concilium Technologies — gives SuperSport a reliable, rapid, and straightforward means of performing ongoing compliance monitoring and reporting, as well as ad verification, for all 64 channels.

“Our mission is to be the best and most successful provider of premium pay-TV sports coverage across the continent of Africa, and Volicon’s Observer system is proving to be an exceptionally valuable and reliable tool for monitoring and maintaining the integrity of our extensive broadcast offering,” says Eddie McAlone, technical director of SuperSport Media Solutions. “Staff from engineering to sales can provide proof of what was broadcast, and do so quickly and with ease.”

The Volicon Observer system captures, stores, and streams broadcast content and gives SuperSport staff instant access to live and recorded content from an easy-to-use, Web-based GUI. Users throughout SuperSport can monitor the content going out to air or dial back as many as 90 days to find and provide proof that content aired properly. The ability to play, pause, and search recorded content on either a desktop or mobile device aids each department and its staff in maintaining and demonstrating the quality and compliance of its programmes and commercials.

The quality of experience module for Observer supports agile monitoring and troubleshooting at SuperSport by providing real-time alarms for faulty video, audio, and closed captioning. Volicon’s patented Virtual Media Network (VMN) technology provides a unique architecture that allows for optimised video logging and monitoring, seamless and efficient streaming throughout the organization, and efficient expansion and scalability.

“SuperSport puts a massive volume and variety of content on the air, and the Observer dramatically simplifies monitoring of all this content for regulatory and contractual compliance,” says Russell Wise, vice president of global sales at Volicon. “With the means to provide unequivocal proof of compliance very quickly, SuperSport can turn more of its time and resources toward creating and delivering quality sports coverage.”

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