TV5MONDE has updated its playout centre, adapting to the latest digital standards to ensure increased broadcast quality. The new facility includes two Harris Broadcast NEXIO server domains to provide secure broadcasting, ingest and local functionality including low-resolution browse servers.
Since 2006 TV5MONDE, the global French-language broadcaster, has worked with Ericsson to operate its broadcast platform for production, playout and post production. The new contract with Ericsson, signed in 2012, includes integration per functional blocks and operations of TV5MONDE’s new production, playout and post production facilities until February 2018.
“Ericsson and TV5MONDE were impressed with our ability to deliver a fully integrated solution,” said Mathias Eckert, vice president, Sales and Services, Europe and Africa for Harris Broadcast. “This is a proven solution we have delivered to other major broadcasters around the world, which fits the needs of Ericsson and TV5MONDE.”
The first of the two server domains is dedicated to content ingest, and acts as a backup to the playout SAN to add another layer of redundancy. This network includes 64TB of content storage, protected by the RAID-601 technology of NEXIO servers. The NEXIO Volt server, occupying 1RU of rack space, provides the front end of the ingest system, with 42 baseband I/O ports on 11 NEXIO Volt servers.
The primary playout server has 24TB of storage, again with a NEXIO Farad RAID-601 SAN for security. The system includes 9 Gb/s fiber connectivity, which supports 32 baseband I/O ports and 3 Gb/s of FTP bandwidth through the system. RAID-601 incorporates Intrinsic Mirroring, which maximises system redundancy by automatically writing content across two identical storage systems, eliminating the need for manual backup processes and minimising disruption.
Picture: An example of a production broadcast by TV5MONDE (Biotreck Africa).