September 6, 2012

Harris Broadcast Communications will soon deliver a complete high-definition (HD) integrated file-based broadcast solution to Venthar Television to support the launch of a new regional entertainment channel from ingest to playout.

The new facility in Chennai will house two HD production control rooms to manage studio production activity, and a master control room (MCR) to monitor signal quality prior to over-the-air transmission. The channel, which will also incorporate regular news bulletins, is expected to launch before the end of the year.

Venthar Television has selected Harris to provide solutions for the entire broadcast production chain, including video processing, routing, monitoring and distribution in the infrastructure; and servers and automation to enhance workflow efficiencies from control rooms through to playout. Primeasure Technologies Private Limited, a Harris dealer in India, secured the sale.

“The choice to work with Harris was influenced by our prior experience with the company and armed with that pre-existing knowledge that the technology is extremely robust and reliable in a mission-critical environment — this was a straightforward choice for us,” said P.Ravi, director at Venthar Television. “Additionally we were keen to work with a vendor that had its own established facility in India, supported by local representation through a dealer — in this instance Primeasure, to enable us to draw upon their ability to provide service and support teams where needed.”

The broadcast solution at Venthar Television includes Harris® Platinum™ routers with Harris® HView™ SX Pro multiviewers integrated within the frame to maximize space efficiencies, and minimize cabling requirements and power consumption. Harris® 6800+™ core processing gear provides video processing and distribution needs in a compact and modular solution.

The system will also incorporate Harris® NEXIO AMP® servers for ingest and playout, and Harris® Velocity ESX™ on-SAN editing with FCP Integration Gateway to enable direct editing with Final Cut Pro editors on the storage area network (SAN). This will quicken throughput speed, allowing users to edit as material is ingested. The entire system will be under the control of Harris® ADC™ automated content management and distribution.

“We are delighted to be working with the team at Venthar Television to launch this new Tamil entertainment channel,” said Said Bacho, vice president sales and service, Middle East and South Asia, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Our proven solutions continue to stand out head and shoulders above the rest as they deliver the speed and resilience that our clients demand in today’s complex file-based workflow environments.”


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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.