Televisa Upgrades Audio Operations With Lawo IP Systems and Ravenna Networking

Making the move to IP-based mixing and routing systems, Mexican broadcaster Televisa is upgrading its facilities in San Ángel, where its popular telenovelas and other live programming are produced. The network is now replacing its existing stand-alone studio operations with a fully networked production environment supplied by Lawo.

The new Televisa installation comprises four Lawo mc²56 consoles and additional DSP and routing devices in three of the company’s large production areas. These mc²56 desks, configured with 64, 48, 32 and16 faders and including their respective HD cores and SoundGrid integration, are now installed in the facility’s Foro 3, 15 and 16 studios. Several Lawo DALLIS I/O systems supply each unit, completed by a row of A_mic8 and A_digital8 high-quality AoIP interfaces.

They are also installing a Lawo IP-based central router with failsafe, redundant architecture, and AoIP interfacing and Ravenna/AES67 I/O audio networking systems to gain new types of flexibility, scalability, efficiency and reliability. Televisa has previously purchased two 64-fader mc²66 audio production consoles for its Audio OP trucks.

“The main challenge to an infrastructure like this today lies in the integration of IP with the rest of the client's infrastructure. Leading broadcasters understand that proprietary protocols are a technological dead-end, since they do not allow working with third-party systems,” said Nacho Gonzalez, Lawo’s Sales Director South America. “If you cannot control, you cannot integrate; and if you cannot integrate, you cannot expand in the future.”

"Foro 15” features a Lawo mc²56 console and additional DSP to help product the novela “Por Amar Sin Ley” among others.

The new Lawo systems will help conform to new industry standards, ensuring that Televisa’s systems are not only compatible with current IP networking standards—like SMPTE 2022-6/7, 2110 and AES67—but also with any IP standards that will emerge in the future. Also, Lawo’s control features, using solutions such as Ember+, VSM and smartDASH system monitoring and real-time IP telemetry, are critical for today’s IP infrastructures.

Currently, Foro 3 provides support services for the “Pequeños Gigantes,” “La Voz” and “La Voz Kids”, while Foro 15 produces the novela “Por Amar Sin Ley” among others. Meanwhile, Foro 16 handles the “Cuéntamelo Ya” program daily, as well as “Cuéntamelo Ya Al Fi” on Saturdays, along with large productions such as the 2019 Grammy Awards.

The technical upgrade for two additional production areas—Foro 8 and Foro 9, dedicated to the production of telenovelas—includes two Lawo mc²36 consoles in a 24-fader frame, as well as Compact I/O units for maximum connectivity. The Nova73 HD central router and all of the production units are already fully operational and networked via a Ravenna/AES67 infrastructure.

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