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Russia’s NTV selects Imagine Communications for transition to IP playout

New playout platform runs on COTS hardware and uses SMPTE ST 2022-6 to carry media as uncompressed video signals

Russia’s NTV has selected Imagine Communications to help it transition to IP playout.

The new playout platform runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and uses the SMPTE ST 2022-6 standard to carry media as uncompressed video signals

NTV decided to move to an IP infrastructure for all-HD distribution on nine channels.

“We are delighted to be one of the pioneers in the industry to implement uncompressed IP playout at this level and proud to be working with such partners as OKNO-TV and Imagine, who are recognised for groundbreaking solutions,” said Andrey Drukker, chief technologist at NTV. 

“By taking a virtualised software approach and using the industry standard SMPTE ST 2022-6, we have achieved a highly scalable and flexible operation which is as reliable and efficient as a traditional playout system.”

The NTV facility uses Imagine’s Versio virtualised integrated playout and Versio IOX SAN storage, as well as Nexio Ingest and Nexio Motion asset management. 

NTV’s legacy source signals are encapsulated for the new system using Selenio MCP multichannel uncompressed-over-IP modules, while EPIC MV hybrid IP, UHD-ready multiviewers are used for system monitoring. The entire hybrid SDI/IP solution operates under the management of Imagine’s Magellan SDN Orchestrator software control system.