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Imagine boosts Cignal TV’s playout capacity

Cignal TV, a satellite broadcaster for premium content in the Philippines, has stacked up its playout capacity with fully integrated Versio modular playout solution from Imagine Communications.

This is to enable the broadcaster to meet the expectations of its two million subscribers across the country; Cignal TV has to continually adds high-quality content and channels.

The content files are cached on Imagine Versio IOX SAN, a high-performance online storage system, connected to the Versio array with over 10Gb fibre Ethernet. The Versio software also provides the broadcast graphics, while the Nexio Motion workflow engine provides content management.

Imagine and Composite Technology, a systems integrator, delivered the solution as a turnkey project, with strong continuing support from Imagine’s local and regional engineering teams.

Furthermore, the geo-dispersed Versio solution, which expands the system to 4+1 channels, provides redundancy on every channel. The channels have the capability of live broadcasting, switching via Cignal’s existing Platinum VX router. Imagine’s market-proven ADC automation system ensures reliable, flexible and efficient operations across the entire workflow.

Mathias Eckert, SVP and GM of Imagine Communications (EMEA & APAC), said: “An MCR is the mission-critical hub for broadcast operations — any downtime means lost revenues.

“It needs to be a highly reliable and efficient workplace that is automated as far as possible and easy to operate, monitor and maintain.”

Hence, the new playout system offers the broadcaster increased scalability and speed to market with a future-proofed, software-based solution.

Benedict V Galang, first vice-president, Network Engineering & Operation, Cignal TV, added: “It was vital that the additional capacity slotted seamlessly into our existing operations to minimise disruption.

“Imagine Communications demonstrated it could provide a solution quickly, fitting precisely into our workflow and, through the redundancy, ensuring the reliability and security we required.

“With the new installation we can make a positive step towards the IP transition when the time comes.”

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