SuperSport selects second Harris router23 September 2013
Pay-TV sports provider SuperSport has chosen a second Platinum IP3 Router from Harris Broadcast. This follows the world’s first Platinum IP3 installation by the company earlier this year. On both projects Harris Broadcast worked closely with its regional reseller and systems integration partner, Concilium Technologies.
As part of SuperSport’s Project Argus, the broadcaster is moving programme playout into a new facility, which will eventually play out all of its HD and SD channels. Earlier this year, SuperSport integrated a single frame Harris Broadcast Platinum IP3 Router and within a few months placed an order for a second frame, which will tie together to create a 1152×1024 matrix.
“Although we are just a few months into our usage of the Platinum IP3 router, we already can see that speed of operation, ease of operation, ease of resource assignment and operational reliability are all evident in this new design router,” said Eddie McAlone, technical director at SuperSport. “The Platinum IP3’s frame synchroniser capabilities have had a significant impact on our operations. What this means is that we have been able to hook together the new and old buildings and come straight on to the new router from the old building without any need for external hardware and glue products. The frame synchroniser reduces the hardware count, simplifies the system architecture and thereby increases system reliability in the long term.”
The Platinum IP3 router includes Harris Broadcast multiviewers used across displays in SuperSport’s playout facility. The installation also features Harris Broadcast router control panels and its network design, control and monitoring system, as well as its signal processing and interfacing equipment, including the Selenio media convergence platform, modular core processing devices, fibre interfaces and signal processing units.