Rogers Goes 4K with SAM

Canadian cable co. Rogers is working with SAM gear for its new 4K and HDR sports service. The announced programming package to be delivered includes over 100 live sports events, including every Toronto Blue Jays baseball home games and more than 20 NHL games.

The installation includes a SAM Kahuna 9600 switcher featuring a 16 input A/B cut buss - for the MCR alongside Morpheus automation and ICE Channel-in-a-Box (CiaB) units. Rogers Media has also installed main and backup 4K sQ servers in addition to a range of SAM infrastructure products.

David Tasker, VP Systems & Technology SAM, commented, “We have deployed 4K solutions before, but none of them have been as comprehensive as the system we have installed at Rogers. We’re very proud of the capabilities our 4K range offers and I think we’ve proved we can compete at every level.”

Rogers are long-term users of the Enterprise sQ infrastructure for their HD broadcasting. The UHD variant of the sQ 1800 server stores the 4K media as single image files, removing the risk of synchronization or alignment errors. Coupled to a 4K-enabled version of the Qube editor, the system allowed recording, editing and playback from a single mainframe. Playback control was from the existing SAM Morpheus installation.

The Kahuna production switcher provides Rogers Media with the ability to handle multiple formats simultaneously using its FormatFusion 3 technology. An inbuilt multiviewer provides convenient source overview and mixer previews. Macro buttons offer access of graphics insertion and replay for the switcher’s still and clip stores.

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