Discovery Communications has deployed a set of Evertz solutions, allowing the network to now play out live programmes from the cloud.

Discovery Communications shifts playout to the cloud with Evertz

Evertz provided its cloud playout and software-defined video networking (SDVN) solutions, enabling Discovery Communications’ US networks to play out from the cloud

Discovery Communications, home to several global channels including Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet, has completed the transition of its US networks to public cloud-based origination utilising Evertz’s solutions that runs within the Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Public Cloud.

The partnership, according to Evertz, has enabled Discovery Communications to build a “fully virtualised and scalable” linear transmission and media asset management (MAM) solution.

The system Discovery Communications has chosen to install includes Evertz’s cloud playout solution and software-defined video networking (SDVN) solutions. The SDVN solutions consist of Evertz’s IPX Switch Fabrics, Network Address Translators (NAT), and encoding and decoding products.

As for the cloud playout solution, it comprises Mediator-X, Overture-RT Live and Render-X. Equipped with the ability to be deployed natively on AWS, Mediator-X, Overture-RT Live and Render-X can be hosted across six data centres diversely distributed between two geographic regions including northern Virginia and Ireland.

This October, the system has allowed the US-headquartered broadcaster to successfully air more than 40 hours of live programme content on its Velocity channel.

Brinton Miller, senior vice-president of technology strategy and architecture, Discovery, said: “Evertz’s 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 utilising the public cloud. The possibilities of this solution are endless.”

Designed as an MAM engine, Mediator-X enables Discovery Communications to drive advanced file flows and playout automation. The solution is also able to prioritise and automate file transfer operations to and from Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) storage platform.

Overture-RT Live, Evertz’s software modular playout engine, provides a list of secondary events such as logo/graphics insertion, SCTE metadata messaging, audio loudness correction, Nielsen watermarking, and Dolby D encoding. The system also provides the ability to scale up and recover playout instances using automated orchestration methodologies, giving Discovery Communications the agility to scale their operations.

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