News Production & Post

Optibase makes live news in Madrid

20 August 2007

Optibase has delivered an IP over satellite contribution system for TV station Canal33 in Madrid with local partner Equipos y Sistemas S.A. (ESSA), a integrator of telecommunication equipment in Spain. Optibase’s Media Gateway (MGW) platforms provide advanced MPEG-4/H.264 encoding and streaming, thus offering high quality video at extremely low bitrates required for live news broadcasts.

Together, Optibase’s MGW H.264 system and ESSA’s transmission equipment provides Madrid’s Canal33 TV station with the ability to broadcast live news of local events such as sports, elections and public demonstrations. The live footage is transmitted from outside broadcasting vans via satellite to the Canal33 headend, offering high picture quality without compromising low bitrates.

“IP over satellite is the ideal method for us to deliver news from remote locations. For this purpose, we searched for a highly reliable solution, since we cannot afford down-time during a critical news feed. At the same time we need to deliver high quality video at the low bitrates required by the delivery system,” said David Perez, DSNG and news responsible, at Canal 33. “Optibase MGW platforms enable Canal33 to deliver live news effectively from every location and ensure high quality as the station expands its news coverage throughout the Madrid Area.”

“The MGWs are telco grade platforms, making them ideal for mission critical applications such as electronic news gathering,” said Udi Shani, executive vice president sales at Optibase. “We are very pleased to work with Canal 33 and ESSA and help them in their endeavour to expand their live news throughout Spain.”

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