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Hong Kong’s now TV selects BroadStream playout platform

26 November 2015

BroadStream Solutions is providing more than 20 OASYS playout channels to Hong Kong-based now TV, which uses advanced IPTV technology to deliver content to its customers.

now TV was looking for a channel-in-a-box (CiaB) solution to replace its traditional master control playout system in time for the new playout services.

Alan Chan, VP broadcast operations and engineering, PCCW, said of the platform: “Not only does it provide multi-channel playout of live and pre-recorded content with broadcast quality graphics from a single IT server; the system can also dynamically manage channel redundancy with 1:1, M:1 and/or M:N configurations with channel prioritisation.”

now TV is using a single OASYS IT-based playout platform operating on industry standard IT hardware which is controlled via an intuitive user interface, to provide all the functionality that would previously require multiple legacy systems to deliver; including master control switchers, video servers, character generators, logo inserters, vision switchers and DVEs.

After initially installing eight primary and four backup channels of OASYS for playout services with graphic inserts, now TV gradually expanded the system and now uses the OASYS platform for most of its new services.

“Upscaling BroadStream’s OASYS solution is incredibly straightforward. You can literally plug and play to launch a new channel; plus OASYS has IP in/out capability which fits into our future plans for IP playout ­ we already have an IP infrastructure and are delivering content to our customers using IPTV technology”, Chan explained.

now TV uses BroadStream’s OASYS Integrated Playout platform to playout 20+ channels.

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