NAB 2019: EVS XNet-VIA Triples Transfer Speeds, Offers Bi-directional Support

XNet-VIA, EVS’s Ethernet-based live media sharing network that facilitates ultra-fast sharing of high-resolution content between XT-VIA and XS-VA servers, has been introduced at NAB (Booth SL3816). As 1080p, UHD-4K (both SDR and HDR), as well as IP workflows become more prevalent, fast, efficient and secure Ethernet media sharing provides critical bandwidth and speed. The easily configured bidirectional network gives operators three times the bandwidth of EVS’ legacy SDTI-based network to move high-resolution recorded media between EVS’ latest generation of production servers at greater speed.

XNet-VIA is quick and simple to deploy through EVS’ new XHub-VIA network appliance, removing the complexity of IP with automatic discovery and IP addressing. One unit can support up to 18 servers and can be expanded to connect more than 30 servers on the same network. Its small form factor and shallow depth also make it ideal for outside broadcast environments.

“Increasingly sports rights holders, broadcasters and mobile production providers are maximizing the boundaries of our original XNet-SDTI media sharing network,” says EVS’ Laurent Petit, SVP Products. “XNet-VIA removes those limitations by accommodating larger distributed networks and faster workflows with plug-and-play simplicity.”

The solution has already been successfully market-tested. Host broadcaster MatchTV selected XNet-VIA for the 29th Winter Universiade, a multi-sport event spread over 11 different venues, held in early March 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. XNet-VIA was used at the event’s broadcast center operations to share clips and recorded media of more than 50 sports, enabling production teams to execute at a higher level of sharing than ever before.

XNet-VIA has also been deployed by leading live production facilities provider, Mobile TV Group, in its new 45 Flex end-to-end SMPTE 2110 uncompressed IP-based mobile production unit. The state-of-the-art outside broadcast truck will be on display at Mobile TV Group’s outdoor booth OE2000 throughout NAB.

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