MSG Networks Outfits Playout Production Center with Imagine

Madison Square Garden (MSG) Networks has installed EditShare and Imagine solutions for its New York City playout production facilities.

“We needed to upgrade our playout facilities to meet today’s demands for compelling and immersive sports content and be flexible and extensible enough to enable us to accommodate future technology updates and market requirements,” explained Belinda Binkley, VP Engineering MSG Networks, the home broadcaster of several sports teams in the New York area, as well as hundreds of events each year.

At the heart of the deployment is Imagine’s Nexio+ AMP media server technology, which is providing both ingest and playout functionality. The software-based platform supports more than 80 channels at MSG Networks and integrates with Adobe Premiere Pro, the network operator’s preferred editing system. Nexio Insight delivers asset management capabilities, enabling the network operator to improve efficiency by streamlining multiple tasks involving the cataloging, editing and distribution of content.

The Nexio ingest suite.

The Nexio ingest suite.

Anchoring the new playout production center is Imagine’s Versio IOX Storage, which provides the network operator with the speed and performance of a SAN storage system, but with the affordability and easy manageability associated with NAS solutions.

The deployment marks the debut of the Versio IOX Scale-out NAS Storage solution powered by EditShare EFS, the scale-out file system and storage software platform provided by EditShare.

“Madison Square Garden is a celebrated and iconic sports brand and Imagine Communications is proud of its long history of assisting MSG Networks in delivering some of the most exciting and memorable moments in sports to millions of viewers,” said Mark Senecal, VP of Product Management, Imagine Communications. “The new playout facility enables MSG Networks to up its game to an even higher level and helps ensure that the company will be able to seamlessly evolve its network to serve the needs of New York area sports fans for the foreseeable future.”

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