Discovery Completes Move of U.S. Network Playout to Public Cloud

Discovery Channel has completed the transition of its U.S. networks to public cloud-based origination utilizing an Evertz solution running within the Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This system leverages Evertz’ cloud playout solution which includes Mediator-X, Overture-RT LIVE and Render-X. Also included are Software Defined Video Networking (SDVN) solutions using IPX Switch Fabrics, Network Address Translators (NAT) and encoding/decoding products from Evertz. The solution includes full support for live events, the first of which went to air between October 19 and 21 where Discovery aired over 40 hours of program content on Velocity.

Evertz’ cloud playout solution is deployed on AWS. Mediator-X, Overture-RT LIVE and Render-X are hosted across six Data Centers distributed between Virginia and Ireland.

“Evertz’ cloud-based playout solution has transformed Discovery Communications’ playout operations and has given us the scalability, flexibility and agility to address continuously evolving business and technical challenges. We have seen success this month with Live events utilizing the public cloud. The possibilities of this solution are endless.”
Brinton Miller, SVP of Technology Strategy & Architecture at Discovery.
“The extensive airing of LIVE events is a key milestone in the project and clearly demonstrates that both file based playout and LIVE events are practical and feasible within these advanced architectures.”
Dan Turow, VP of File Based Solutions at Evertz.

Mediator-X provides Discovery with a MAM and workflow engine to drive file flows as well as playout automation. Mediator-X prioritizes and automates all file transfer operations to and from Amazon's S3 storage platform.

Overture-RT LIVE, Evertz’ Software Modular Playout Engine, delivers a list of secondary events including logo/graphics insertion, rich SCTE metadata messaging, audio loudness correction, Nielsen watermarking, Dolby D encoding and more. The system also provides the ability to scale up and recover playout instances using automated orchestration methodologies, giving Discovery option to scale their operations.

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