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facilities for a relatively small return.
The bandwidth and technology is
not quite there yet, but once we can
use a single cable 12G system, then
4K will become a lot more desirable
for broadcasters," says Moorhouse.
According to Sebastián Wainberg -
General Product Manager, Promovisa,
Spain - business over the past year
has been 'interesting'.
"The direct action from the crisis
in the broadcast and the media
production industry in general, along
with the reductions in the advertising
business, created huge constraints
in the budgets - not to mention the
payment terms.
"This led managers to accept very
tangible risks in their systems, by
not renewing their maintenance
contracts or replacing very outdated components."
He says another result is increasing
interest in virtualised, convergent
and cloud solutions, for all the ROI
that these technologies generate:
"We are starting to virtualise and
centralise transcoding clusters,
MAMs and newsroom systems,
something unheard of until a couple
of years ago."
Wainberg believes the dynamic
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changed from developing big media
projects for the main broadcasters,
to mostly providing services and
components that allow systems to
keep running longer.
"So our efforts to be more
imaginative and continuously search
for new solutions in the market never
stops." He cites one example of
Promovisa's work which involved
Canal Sur, where virtualisation of
the Avid Newsroom System, with
Cisco, VMware, EMC and Qlogic has
taken place. It involved concentrating
ten different servers into just three,
to increase performance, produce
energy savings and provide ease of
administration.
SIS LIVE Managing Director
David Meynell is encouraged by
the business generated over the
past year: "It has been really good,
with a lot of new SI contracts, mainly
truck builds. We have also completed
much studio integration work for our
parent company."
Meynell confirms that most work
originates from United Kingdom
broadcasters and has seen an
increase in fixed installations: "When
it comes to developments during the
year, I'd say that most prevalent have

been remote
production
trials, software
solution s on
commodity
platforms. But
I would like
to see further
developments
surrounding IP
centric cloud
based solutions."
SIS LIVE has
signed new
contracts with
SIS LIVE will supply 18 HD SNG vehicles, downlinks, IP
ITV and ITN systems and satellite capacity for ITV and ITN
for the supply
into the field of software solutions
of SNG services. The seven-year
agreement includes the provision
with workflow and MAM based on
of a highly-specified fleet of 18 HD
off-the-shelf hardware.
SNG vehicles, downlinks, IP systems
"I would definitely like to have
and satellite capacity to facilitate ITV
a choice of high-end broadcast
and ITN's satellite news gathering
equipment based on the latest, but
requirements. In addition, the
traditional, technology or the fusion
company has extended provision
of traditional broadcast and IT. For
of IP services with a new iDirect
budget-oriented projects I'd like to
hub at MediaCityUK which will
have a selection of easy accessible
work alongside existing SIS LIVE
and cheap off-the-shelf products. I
iDirect services from Milton Keynes.
don't think that there is much room
The multi-satellite hub will provide
in between for the future."
IP services to over 100 SIS LIVE
As far as recent assignments are
uplink vehicles.
concerned, he describes a MAM
TSL Systems Managing Director
system and complete workflow for
David Phillips reports that clients
digital video assets for the publishing
increasingly concentrate on
house Ringier Axel Springer CZ:
increased value to ensure their "They wanted to extend their business
investment in technology and
to online video and produce their
own content. It was very interesting
systems completely aligns with
business plans.
for us because the project came
"Furthermore, clients engage for
from a non-broadcast/post industry
longer prior to committing to a
and because we were tasked to
decision and overall business strategy,
design their workflow from the very
requiring detailed consultancy with
beginning, with the ability to grow in
the future," says Vesely.
us as a leading SI," says Phillips.
The main thrust of development
"The last 12 months have been
work appears to be focused towards
strong for us in systems," states
IP-based video connectivity replacing
Ben Murphy, Sales Director for WTS
SDI, and 4K production equipment.
Group, the parent company of C2S
"Whilst we have seen development
Systems. "Most builds are what we
would term as mid-sized and have
in IP and 4K technologies, there is
been a good mix of fixed installs
still a long way to go before we see
and vehicle builds. We are in the
either of these in full end-to-end
process of a move that will double
processes to replace current 1080i
the size of our systems facility and
systems," he states.
take our floor space in the UK to
"If the broadcast community is to
45,000 square feet."
take up these technologies, there
Regarding developments Murphy
needs to be more development,
says that most equipment entering
and indeed agreement between
the market now has either 4K
manufactures and end users
capabilities or an upgrade path,
about how these systems will
even if it is at the cost of features
work together."
like the number of inputs and
As far as recent work is concerned,
outputs of a device.
Phillips cites the appointment
"We'd like to see more IP-based
of TSL Systems by Comux to
products - moving signals around a
design and install the Centralised
facility or truck will have to be done
Network Operations and Playout
in this way if large scale 4K - and
centre based in Birmingham for the
beyond - productions are going
developing local television network
to become a manageable reality. I
throughout the UK.
envisage a whole array of products
Visual Unity Broadcast Project
suddenly adopting integrated IP
Director Tomas Vesely reveals that
architecture in the next 12 to 18
the nature of the company's work
months, across the full spectrum of
has changed over the past five
broadcast kit."
years and is moving increasingly


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