When approached by Australia’s WIN Television to build a new headend, broadcast technology services provider MediaHub decided to enter into a partnership with Magna Systems & Engineering.
Simon Scott, MediaHub’s Chief Digital & Information Officer, explained, “We were looking for specific technical requirements in terms of device footprint, sustainability and feature set.
“Magna’s product range offered these key features and more. In addition, MediaHub engaged Magna’s excellent SI services for the system build.”
The new headend is being used to deliver all of WIN Television channels to viewers at home. It is already on-air in various parts of Australia, with the remainder of the market scheduled to go live during February and March 2023.
All signals are processed in the IP domain, either SMPTE 2022-6 uncompressed as the input to the compression system or SMPTE 2022-2 Transport Stream over IP compressed as the internal signals within the headend. This is then converted to ASI (Asynchronous Serial Interface) for distribution by the transmission provider at the final hand-off stage.
Scott continued, “Magna provided a turnkey offering around various parts of the glue required for the new headend project. Magna’s SI team also performed the physical build of the entire project, including the compression system at two different data centres.”
In total, Magna provided Dell IT infrastructure and servers, EVS Neuron SDI-to-IP Gateways, an Appear XC and X10 series platform for SFN MIP insertion and IP to ASI adaption, a TAGVS Multiviewer, BridgeTech monitoring probes, Actus compliance logging, Birddog NDI to HDMI converters and Magna’s full set of professional SI services.