Amedia selects Harris for new pay TV channels

Moscow-based Amedia has launched two channels in Russia, Amedia Premium and Amedia 1, both simulcasted in HD and SD. The two new channels, along with the existing Amedia 2 channel, are distributed nationally through cable, satellite and IPTV operators.

To bring the new channels to air, Amedia is building a new broadcast production facility based on a bespoke Harris Broadcast file-based workflow solution. The project sees Harris Broadcast working closely with local systems integrator RTV RTC.

The first of its type in Russia, this project represents the largest single order worldwide for Harris Broadcast’s Versio integrated channel playout solution, which will enable Amedia to rapidly launch, sustain and protect their new channels and services. The new facility incorporates nine Versio systems, providing full redundancy for the four channels plus one extra channel that supports preview functions throughout the broadcast production center. With all branding, graphics and video server functions built into a software-based 1RU platform, Versio provides everything that Amedia needs to get new channels to air quickly, affordably and reliably.

Furthermore, Versio provides Amedia with superlative video and audio quality, ease of use and system expansion capabilities. For this project, automation of the four channels plus the preview channel is achieved using Harris Broadcast’s ADC automated content management and distribution system running a list redundancy function to ensure complete on air reliability.

Additionally, a large Harris Broadcast Selenio media convergence platform installation will provide all encoding (MPEG-2/H.264), file transcoding and audio processing requirements throughout the facility. Other Harris Broadcast components include a Platinum router, 6800+ distribution equipment and MSA-100 multi-source analyzers for monitoring H.264 transport streams. Harris Broadcast QuiC Pro software handles file-based QC of content, while the company’s Invenio Motion media asset management system controls the movement of file-based content throughout the entire workflow.

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