March 10, 2015

Sports transmission servers upgraded at leading Dubai-based MENA broadcaster to provide high capacity and high resilience

Imagine Communications, a global leader in video infrastructure, advertising management and workflow solutions serving the media networks, broadcast stations, on-line and communication service provider and enterprise markets, today announced it has implemented a new transmission server solution for the Sports playout operations of OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa. The upgraded server network is a direct replacement for the existing system which has been in place for several years.

OSN needed to upgrade its existing server network, largely dedicated to its sports channels, to meet rising demand for HD content. The new network needed to be able to ingest 12 simultaneous streams and support a minimum of six playout streams at the same time. Completed in January 2015, the implementation of the new servers has already enabled OSN to convert its two remaining SD Sports channels to HD.

Already a user of Nexio® servers from Imagine Communications, the solution was in the design based on the latest generation Nexio AMP™ generation 7 servers, attached to a mirrored Nexio Farad™ scalable, high-performance SAN, providing 48TB of storage and 9Gb/s bandwidth. Following a period of consultancy, Imagine Communications engineers based in its Dubai office worked with the team at OSN on the detailed configuration, which includes mirrored playout as well as high levels of redundancy in other operations.

To provide for intensive post production activity on the sports programming, both Imagine Communications Velocity ESX™ fast turnaround editors and Adobe Premiere Pro software accesses the content on the SAN for editing in place, ensuring edited packages are instantly available for transmission. Also supplied are H.264 browse encode/transcode services and proxy workflows using Nexio PRX Scavenger, a rules-based application that automatically determines which high-resolution clips need to be transcoded, with Nexio® Motion™ for intelligent media management.

“During the RFP and selection process, local system architects at Imagine Communications in Dubai were able to demonstrate that the Nexio AMP7 and the Farad SAN would support our requirements both now and in the future,” said Mark Billinge, CTO of OSN. “We were confident from what we had seen.  The system allows us to look forward and plan for ever more coverage, exceeding the expectations of our audience.”

Mathias Eckert, vice president, EMEA at Imagine Communications added, “OSN is a very successful and forward thinking broadcaster, and it is great to continue our strong relationship with them. We have always known that you need technical resources immersed in the region if you are going to really support your customers. Our Dubai team knows the people and understands the technical challenges of OSN well. It is through real co-operation that we have been able to deliver this remarkable storage platform on which OSN can continue to build services.”


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Steve Reynolds

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.