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Tv2000 looks to the future with IP

Tv2000 looks to the future with IP

Tv2000 looks to the future with IP


Tv2000 is a popular television broadcaster that carries Roman Catholic themed programming. Located close to the Vatican City in Rome, Tv2000’s studio and transmission centre has migrated towards IP connectivity in a project led by Sony and systems integrator Allyn. The upgrade will allow the broadcaster to improve operational flexibility, which is particularly important as remote production has become an increasingly critical consideration across the media industry. It also creates a path to a future move to UHD and UHD HDR production.

As Tv2000 has a considerable investment in SDI equipment, including major components such as production equipment and cameras, the broadcaster sought a solution that would allow a comfortable, managed transition. While other vendors demanded a wholesale changeover to IP, Imagine Communications was able to propose an architecture that embraced both SDI and IP connectivity, retaining the value in legacy equipment, while delivering the benefits of flexibility and agility from IP.

The central apparatus room at Tv2000
The central apparatus room at Tv2000

“Imagine Communications matched the requirements perfectly that the Tv2000 technical team were searching for,” said Fulvio Gallo, CTO of Tv2000. “Working together with Imagine and Allyn engineers, our team, which included IT manager Romano Storelli and technical manager Vinko Vukoja, we delivered a seamless integration between the broadcast and IT worlds.”

Imagine supplied two critical components. First is the Selenio Network Processor (SNP), which provides the gateway between SDI and IP environments. Widely used in hybrid implementations due to its unique versatility, the SNP delivers four independent video processing engine paths in a compact 1U form factor, supporting up to 32 1080p (or eight UHD) signals concurrently.

The second component is the Magellan SDN Orchestrator (SDNO) software control solution, which provides orchestration of the complete system, whether the underlying hardware uses SDI or IP connectivity. It allows users to build workflows and operate rich hybrid systems, without worrying about interconnectivity or technical limitations as the transition to IP continues.

“The Tv2000 installation is one of the most sophisticated and challenging applications of NMOS, providing remote, networked operation of major pieces of equipment like Sony production switchers,” said Maurizio Maroli, Allyn’s CEO. “Only Magellan SDNO could deliver the seamless level of control and orchestration required to manage this hybrid, multi-vendor workflow.”

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