Russia’s NTV Selects Imagine Communications for IP Playout

Looking to expand its operations to support new channels, Russian broadcaster NTV took the opportunity to move to a ST 2022-6 IP infrastructure for all-HD distribution.

Imagine Communications has delivered a scalable, next-generation playout system for NTV. NTV’s new playout facilities have been designed and implemented by Moscow-based systems integrator OKNO-TV in collaboration with engineers from NTV. 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 recognized 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 virtualized integrated playout, SAN storage, and ADC automation, Nexio Ingest and Nexio Motion asset management ensure a streamlined content management environment. Legacy source signals are encapsulated for the new system with Selenio MCP multichannel uncompressed-over-IP modules. EPIC MV hybrid IP, UHD-ready multiviewers are used for system monitoring. The entire hybrid SDI/IP solution operates under a Magellan SDN Orchestrator.

Denis Stolnikov, system architect of OKNO-TV, added, “Designing and implementing an uncompressed IP multichannel playout system for such a high-profile customer as NTV has been an honour and required considerable effort and trust on all sides. The key to the success of this project was our ability to demonstrate the flexibility and security of Imagine’s Zenium-based software and its ability to provide broadcast-quality playout performance from the industry-standard uncompressed HD over IP.”

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