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Red Bee picks Rohde & Schwarz to set up future-proof IP multiviewers

As part of its plans to gradually switch to an all-IP playout in its UK facilities, global media services company Red Bee Media is replacing life-expired SDI systems with a PRISMON multiviewer system to provide a highly flexible, distributed and IP-connected multiviewer network.

To ensure that each operator can monitor the right signals, Red Bee requires a readily reconfigured multiviewer system, which led it to choose PRISMON from Rohde & Schwarz. PRISMON is a software-defined multiviewer running on COTS hardware, and capable of handling signal formats up to 4K Ultra HD, both for displays and for individual streams within mosaics. 

Red Bee selected the SDM (Scalable Distributed Multiviewer) and the MCC (Multiviewer Control Centre) options. SDM enables any input to any output, and allows PRISMON to share resources across a network, for instance to create a view with multiple Ultra HD signals, beyond the decoding capacity of a single system. 

MCC provides a single point of control for a network of multiviewers, allowing instant reconfiguration of multiple displays, either in response to the intuitive user interface or on command from a system-level automation system.

Describing multiviewers as “mission critical to our playout centres,” Robert Luggar, Head of Broadcast Media Solutions & Platforms at Red Bee, said, “We need to monitor around 450 streams, so we need scale and flexibility.

“Today those streams are SDI, but Rohde & Schwarz demonstrated that the PRISMON configuration could handle that, and, more importantly, could easily be switched to IP in the future.”


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