GB News is using SRT to send its live and OTT feeds down under for playout by MediaHub Australia (MHA).
The broadcaster initially signed a deal with Red Bee for playout at launch, but after an RFP for the tender process, the Australian company has been operating GB News’ playout for the past two months.
Speaking about the deal, MHA CEO Alan Sweeney said: “We had been discussing the technical possibilities of managing GB News’ playout with their CEO Angelos Frangopoulos for some time. Angelos was keen to recreate the playout solution we provided him with when he was Sky News Australia chief and we just had to prove it was possible.”
All of the broadcaster’s video feeds are SRT encrypted streams on-passed by GB News’ telco partner Arqiva, and sent over the public internet and private cloud connections to Australia.
MHA takes all of GB News’ content including live-to-camera, pre-recorded, TVCs and promos and uses its workflow including MediaHub’s FibreHub Webconnect managed connectivity, ArkHub storage and archive and PresHub 24×7 multi-channel linear broadcast playout services to distribute the content back to the UK as a linear channel.
“The GB News studio is fed to MHA via redundant SRT IP streams and all promo and commercial content is delivered to MHA’s ArkHub storage,” added MediaHub Australia chief digital and information officer Simon Scott. “MHA’s playout system then generates the channel, including overlaying a live ticker (Vizrt Flowics) and other elements. SCTE triggers are inserted for the various providers downstream of MHA.
“The playout outputs then go to our Ateme Titan Edge encoding platform and that generates a number of renditions for the various GB News destinations, as well as return feeds back to GB News for confidence monitoring.”