Extensive new PlayBox Technology solutions are now installed and running at Stream Telecom’s TV new Unified Broadcasting Centre (UBC) in Moscow. This provides the production and uninterrupted 24/7 broadcast of in-house produced channels for cable IPTV and DVB-C cable networks and accepts inputs from DVB-S, DVB-T networks and DVB-S satellite broadcasts. The current installation supports 10 channels and allows future expansion up to 20 channels and has produced considerable savings capital and running costs.
The UBC system design, integration and commissioning was performed by S-Pro Systems Company. In the Playout Area, the Master Control Room includes the broadcast automation system as well as playout and graphics servers for the in-house channels. The broadcasts are run from PlayBox Technology AirBox playout and TitleBox graphics servers with SDI outputs. Full 100% redundancy of the servers is provided. The current broadcasts are in SD but HD can also be supported via a software upgrade. Video ingest by PlayBox CaptureBox stations providing video capturing/ ingest from external media and video equipment through analogue and digital interfaces.
System storage is based on an Exanet system with possibility for storage enhancement. The network disk array with capacity of over 80 TB provides the storage, access, exchange of materials for all channels and 100% mirrored data duplication.
The elements of the UBC are linked and run under the OPLAN automation system, which provides the interaction of all information flows of the UBC. The automation also supports all phases of the workflow – contract management, ingest, content metadata description, creation of preliminary programme schedules and playlists, advertising, broadcast control and analysis of the broadcast materials/ playlists.
The new UBC has not only acquired new technical capabilities but also many economies. The centre includes complete automated broadcasting for 10 television channels as well as the infrastructure for expansion of up to 20 TV channels. At the same time, the complex’s on-air reliability has risen from 116% to 213% (international standard). Capital and running cost savings include the per-channel cost of expansion reduced from $450,000 to $85,000, the complex’s annual service costs reduced from $250,000 (for 6 channels) to $50,000 (for 10 channels), and power consumption down by more than 70%.