Broadcast playout centres remain one of the last bastions of dedicated hardware and on-premises architectures, but a new offering from Imagine Communications, being launched at IBC, aims to change that.
Versio Platform is described as a menu of tightly integrated functional building blocks that offer media companies new levels of customisation in building out highly efficient and effective playout facilities. By selecting the appropriate modules, Imagine said that systems architects can create highly tailored playout facilities, precisely meeting operational requirements.
Further, because the architecture is genuinely modular, the company claimed that the system can be upgraded seamlessly as market demand evolves, adding new capacity and functionality without disrupting existing operations.
The system is built on Imagine Communications’ microservices architecture, making it inherently virtualised and cloud-native. The pure-IP solution is designed from the ground up to take advantage of highly agile, geo-dispersed environments based on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware.
Brick Eksten, chief product officer, Imagine Communications, said: “With Versio Platform, Imagine Communications is significantly accelerating the evolution of playout operations. It provides unprecedented flexibility and customisation, and it supports virtually any configuration or deployment option, including premises-based installation.
A cloud implementation allows broadcasters and media companies to migrate from a capex to an opex business model.”