France’s NRJ Group has completed installation of an SD/HD Omneon video server infrastructure supporting file-based broadcast operations from ingest through playout.
Supplied by systems integrator Société Française de Production (SFP), Omneon Spectrum and MediaDeck server systems were installed progressively to create a centralised infrastructure for consolidated ingest and playout of broadcast channels NRJ Paris, NRJ Hits, and NRJ 12.
"The Omneon Spectrum and MediaDeck media servers are the best fit for our requirements, in terms of both architecture and performance," said Cedric Drapeau, technical director at NRJ Group. "In addition to providing well-established reliability, complemented by responsive and professional local support, Omneon server systems remain the most cost-effective and flexible platforms in the industry. They have allowed the NRJ Group to repatriate two channels hosted externally, optimise its infrastructure, and lower its operational costs while building a foundation for further growth."
The Omneon-based centralized infrastructure created by the NRJ Group supports operations for three SD channels and the newly launched NRJ 12 in HD, and it also provides an easily extensible platform for future playout of NRJ Hits in HD. Two MediaDeck systems support SD/HD ingest and QC (quality control) prior to playout. Content is transferred to a nearline storage server and then transmitted to the appropriate Omneon Spectrum system for playout. One Omneon Spectrum system supports HD ingest and provides main and backup playout of NRJ 12 in SD and HD, and a second provides main and backup playout for NRJ Hits and NRJ Paris in SD. The versatility of the Omneon systems allows the NRJ Group to manage ingest, file-quality verification, and main and backup playout on a single platform, thus reducing both the cost and complexity of the group's multiformat broadcast operations.