NTV Russia turns to Imagine Communications for transition to IP playout
Looking to expand its operations to support new channels, Russian broadcaster NTV decided to take the opportunity to move to an IP infrastructure for all-HD distribution.
NTV’s new playout facilities have been designed and implemented by Moscow-based systems integrator OKNO-TV in collaboration with engineers from NTV and Imagine Communications. Entirely software-based, the new playout platform runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and uses the SMPTE ST 2022-6 standard to carry media as uncompressed video signals.
The platform currently delivers nine HD channels, with additional channels reserved for previewing content. The software approach ensures a much higher density of channels than a traditional installation, and future expansion — which NTV is already planning — can be accomplished simply and quickly. Full redundancy ensures a high level of playout security.
“We are delighted to be one of the pioneers in the industry to implement uncompressed IP playout at this level and proud to be working with such partners as OKNO-TV and Imagine, who are recognised for groundbreaking solutions,” said Andrey Drukker, chief technologist at NTV. “By taking a virtualised software approach and using the industry standard SMPTE ST 2022-6, we have achieved a highly scalable and flexible operation which is as reliable and efficient as a traditional playout system.”
The NTV facility uses Imagine’s Versio virtualised integrated playout and Versio IOX SAN storage, which allows scaling of storage and bandwidth without affecting existing media or interrupting on-air operations. Imagine’s ADC automation, Nexio Ingest and Nexio Motion asset management ensure a streamlined content management environment.
NTV’s legacy source signals are encapsulated for the new system using Selenio MCP multichannel uncompressed-over-IP modules, while EPIC MV hybrid IP, UHD-ready multiviewers are used for system monitoring. The entire hybrid SDI/IP solution operates seamlessly under the management of Imagine’s Magellan SDN Orchestrator software control system.
Versio and EPIC MV are both powered by Zenium, Imagine’s pure microservices-based software platform, which enables media companies to easily update format and features with no hardware replacement and no interruption to mission-critical services, and reduce OpEx by deploying only what they need, when they need it.