SKY Brasil Expands File-based Playout Infrastructure with SAM Routing Technology

SKY Brasil, the largest Pay-TV operator via satellite in Brazil, headquartered in Sao Paulo, has purchased Sirius 840 and 850 routers from Snell Advanced Media (SAM) to increase its channel count and deliver greater content to millions of viewers in Brazil. The Sirius 840 router is housed in SKY’s current facility in Alphaville and the Sirius 850 will be housed in its newly built facility in Jaguariuna. The routers were supplied via SAM’s regional partner LineUp Broadcast Systems.

Part of the Sirius 800 family, the 840 offers SKY Brazil a 576 x 576 frame. The 850 is a 576 x 1152 frame but allows SKY to expand to the 1152 x 1152 dual-frame size as required. Packed with functionality, the routers feature high performance crosspoint modules for flexible routing of SD, HD, ASI, 3Gbps and embedded audio signals.

By purchasing SAM’s Sirius routers, SKY Brasil is future proofing itself for its eventual migration to IP in the future. To help manage a hybrid operation, SAM offers a fully integrated control system for both SDI and IP architectures as well as IP and SDI monitoring using hybrid multiviewer technologies that include SAM’s Media Biometrics monitoring solution to allow true monitoring by exception.

Rafael Castillo, vice president of LATAM at SAM, said that “although SDI is still prevalent in our industry, broadcasters like SKY Brasil are a good example of the early signs of interest and adoption we’re seeing with IP.”

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