May 7, 2013

Major German broadcaster implements NEXIO® servers for high performance and operational reliability

Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), the Bavarian public service broadcaster based in Munich, Germany, has replaced its existing studio server network with a Harris Broadcast installation. The new network uses a combination of Harris Broadcast NEXIO® video servers and NEXIO Farad™ storage network, together with an Isilon central storage system. All content ingest and playout functions are controlled by Harris Broadcast ADC™ automation. On this project, Harris Broadcast worked closely with German broadcast systems integrator, VTS Studiotechnik.

At BR, the Harris Broadcast server-based workflow supports both live studio recordings and studio playout, supporting 56 and 60 HD channels respectively. The solution integrates NEXIO AMP® video servers connect with NEXIO Farad RAID-601 online shared storage, providing the highest levels of content and system protection as is required in studio production environments. Also, NEXIO Farad enables the rapid movement of file-based content between studio production, ingest, editing, archive and playout.

The post-production department delivers broadcast-ready content from its Avid® editors to a central Isilon-based storage pool from where it is automatically distributed to the studio servers. This architecture enables high performance with extremely short time to air for live and fast-turnaround productions. Content is ensured with backup on an Isilon storage cluster, supplied and integrated as part of the Harris Broadcast contract.

“BR is a forward-thinking broadcaster that is committed to the concept of file-based production, management and delivery of content,” said Stefan Gnann, CEO at VTS Studiotechnik. “As a major German broadcaster, they need extremely good performance and bullet-proof redundancy. Working with Harris Broadcast, we have together demonstrated our capabilities — including an ability to simultaneously transfer 60 or more streams around the workflow whilst simultaneously recording and playing out content. After an intense test period which enabled us to optimize various system elements, we made the switchover without any hitches.”

“This was a very demanding project,” said Mathias Eckert, vice president, sales and services, Europe & Africa for Harris Broadcast. “BR needed high performance for live studio recording, absolute reliability for transmission, and seamless communication between operations, including the archive and the editing network. Our NEXIO server platform was built for this sort of no compromise application, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to replace a legacy system with a Harris Broadcast solution that ticks all the boxes.”


About Bayerischer Rundfunk
Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR for short, is Bavaria’s public broadcasting service with more than six million viewers and listeners daily in Germany’s largest state. With ten radio and two television programs, two internationally renowned symphony orchestras, a celebrated chorus, and more than four thousand professionals, we are one of Europe’s most respected broadcast institutions.

BR makes a significant contribution to the ARD network which consists of nine regional public broadcasters and the external service Deutsche Welle. In addition, BR provides a broad range of exceptional productions for the five main ARD TV channels: Das Erste, ARTE, 3sat, KI.KA, PHOENIX.

About VTS Studiotechnik
VTS Studiotechnik provides a range of professional studio equipment and studio facilities for radio and television enterprise operations. From planning to completion of complex studio, transmission equipment and customized vehicles, VTS Studiotechnik performs all work using expert in-house teams. Through its planning departments, electronics, carpentry and mechanics, as well as a specialist production facility, the company can respond quickly to customer needs. With the range of fiber optic technology, VTS Studiotechnik completes its full-service provider proposition.

About Harris Broadcast
Harris Broadcast is an industry leader in delivering the most advanced, content-rich media experiences available for a wide spectrum of radio, television and private media networks around the globe. With more than 25 leading brands including Versio™, Selenio™ and Maxiva™, the company enables media organizations to tap into one of the broadest, integrated product and solution portfolios in the industry. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company is widely recognized for its product quality and reliability, engineering excellence and customer service, and has earned nearly 100 technological firsts and more than 50 awards for technical innovation. For more information, please visit

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Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.