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Imagine Communications Enhances Mediterranean Presence with Fabrizio Mariani Posted: 21/09/2021
Imagine Communications Enhances Mediterranean Presence with Fabrizio Mariani

Fabrizio Mariani has joined Imagine Communications as a regional sales manager. Based in Milan, Italy, he will cover Greece and Malta, as well as his native Italy.

Even while studying computer science at university in Milan, Mariani was working as a freelance graphics operator and designer in a television station. He has never left the industry, working with leading vendors on cutting-edge systems in video storage, networking and data management. This experience ideally suits him for his new role at Imagine Communications, where he will help deliver innovative solutions to contemporary challenges.

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PPTV Thailand Boosts Playout Capabilities with Imagine Communications Versio Modular Playout Platform Posted: 14/07/2021
PPTV Thailand Boosts Playout Capabilities with Imagine Communications Versio Modular Playout Platform

Imagine Communications has upgraded PPTV Thailand’s existing playout facility in Bangkok with a powerful, turnkey system built on its widely deployed Versio™ modular playout platform. Hosting Imagine’s field-proven ADC™ automation, graphics, master control and media asset management capabilities, the fully redundant 1+1 playout system is the perfect choice for a major broadcaster like PPTV looking to ensure on-air availability and security, while maximizing operational workflows and efficiencies.

Tags: Imagine Communications | PPTV Thailand | playout | Versio | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | asset management | COTS | Bangkok | turnkey system | ADC | automation | Bundit Khamnueng | Mathias Eckert | broadcaster | security | on-air | virtual platform
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Imagine Communications Appoints Karlheinz Dern as Regional Sales Manager Posted: 26/05/2021
Imagine Communications Appoints Karlheinz Dern as Regional Sales Manager

Karlheinz Dern has joined Imagine Communications as a regional sales manager based in Munich, Germany. He will be responsible for several key accounts in Germany, as well as all customer activities across Switzerland.

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Imagine Communications Develops IP Core for Roman Catholic Network, Tv2000 Posted: 10/11/2020
Imagine Communications Develops IP Core for Roman Catholic Network, Tv2000

Tv2000, the popular Italian television broadcaster that carries Roman Catholic themed programming, is building the foundations for an IP future with key infrastructure platforms from Imagine Communications. Located close to Vatican City in Rome, Tv2000’s studio and transmission center is migrating toward IP connectivity in a project led by Sony and systems integrator Allyn.

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Euro Media Group Standardizes on Selenio Network Processor for Unique, Large-Scale Modular Live Production Architecture Posted: 09/09/2020
Euro Media Group Standardizes on Selenio Network Processor for Unique, Large-Scale Modular Live Production Architecture

Euro Media Group S.A (EMG), Europe’s leading provider of media facilities and services, has taken a unique, modular approach to implementing standardized IP technology across its organization with the development of diPloy (formerly Objective 2020). Designed with the largest sports events in mind, diPloy allows EMG to quickly create powerful, scalable live production architectures from preconfigured IP modules.

Tags: Imagine Communications | Euro Media Group | EMG | Selenio Network Processor | SNP | IP technology | diPloy | live production | SMPTE ST 2110 | Timo Koch | IP connectivity | Mathias Eckert | video production | MKM Marketing Communications
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Gravity Media Gears Up for a Summer of Sport with New Flyaways Posted: 07/01/2020
Gravity Media Gears Up for a Summer of Sport with New Flyaways

Gravity Media, a leading provider of outside broadcast trucks and flyaway production kits, is building further systems in preparation for premier sporting events in 2020, including a major football competition in Europe. Central to the new flyaway kits is the Platinum™ IP3 router from Imagine Communications.

The key to success in building flyaways is to create a system which provides all the resilience and reliability needed for live broadcasting, but in a compact footprint. As the name suggests, these often have to travel by air freight to meet deadlines, where additional space and weight can be prohibitively expensive.

“We picked the Platinum IP3 because we know it is reliable — we know what it does,” said Peter Newton, technical and operations director at Gravity Media. “Because of the established partnership with Imagine, we knew that we would get good support if we need it, and we will get ample utilization of the equipment. It is a good solid product that does what it says it will.”

Gravity Media has used equipment from Imagine Communications for over 15 years, which has established Imagine as a trusted partner. When it came to choosing routers for the new flyaways, Gravity Media compared all the popular models on the market, but was confident in selecting the field-proven Platinum IP3. The new flyaways will use both the 15RU and 28RU routers.

The key project for which these flyaways are designed requires support in 12 locations over a four-week period in June 2020. The kits will provide live production functionality. The Platinum IP3 routers incorporate integral multiviewer technology, reducing space in the racks and simplifying setup. The order also includes a number of modules from Imagine’s Selenio 6800+™ processing range, along with Magellan™ router control panels.

“While the headlines are about the transition to IP, it is important to remember that a lot of broadcasters and production companies need to extend and enhance existing, SDI-based systems,” said Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM EMEA/APAC, Playout & Networking, at Imagine Communications. “Because of our close partnerships with major operators like Gravity Media, we clearly understand the need for high-functionality, high-reliability SDI solutions, as well as IP technology, and we are committed to supporting our customers for as long as they need SDI, as part of our ‘your path, your pace’ approach to the IP transition.”

For more information about Imagine Communications’ products and solutions, please visit https://www.imaginecommunications.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Channel 5 Simplifies Workflows with Single-Point Infrastructure Posted: 25/11/2019
Channel 5 Simplifies Workflows with Single-Point Infrastructure

Channel 5, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, has dramatically rationalised its core technology by updating to a Platinum™IP3 router from Imagine Communications for its MCR and playout. The remarkable design of the Platinum IP3 incorporates much of the video and audio infrastructure, eliminating a large number of outboard devices from multiple vendors, simplifying cabling and reducing power consumption, as well as making workflows more coherent and transparent.

Channel 5 was already using an Imagine Platinum router, but continually increasing operational demands called for more inputs and outputs. Channel 5 took the opportunity to rationalise its infrastructure by bringing much more functionality into the new, expanded router, eliminating the need for external third-party devices.

“We knew that the newest models of Platinum router, like the IP3, can host a huge amount of functionality within the frame, making system architecture much more logical,” said Sergei Volhin, technical director of Channel 5. “It meant we could do away with a lot of other equipment, making the installation neater and easier to understand. The new Platinum IP3 reduces the cost and complexity, maximises on-air security, and gives us the capability to quickly set up workflows and expand the I/O as our needs develop.”

The new 28RU Platinum IP3 router was specified, configured and installed by Imagine’s channel partner, MediaProject. The IP3 is highly scalable, and in its initial implementation, it provides for 576 x 1024 video I/O in SD and HD, with fully redundant routing and both copper and fibre interfaces. The router also supports 64 TDM audio slots, each carrying up to 128 audio channels.

As well as the highly resilient switching, the Platinum IP3 also offers video and audio processing which in other systems would require large numbers of third-party devices — each consuming power, cooling and rack space. At Channel 5, all the multiviewer displays in the playout and master control area are driven by router-integrated Platinum SX Pro multiviewer cards — enabling a real saving in outboard processors and ensuring faster and more secure operation. The router also integrates audio embedding and de-embedding with full level control and channel shuffling and extensive video processing.

“Every broadcaster wants a core infrastructure that is going to be absolutely secure and resilient, but is also compact, convenient and clear,” said Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM EMEA/APAC, Playout & Networking, at Imagine Communications. “The fundamental design of the Platinum IP3 router allows us to configure very complex signal management, processing and monitoring in the same device, so a single command can fire multiple actions without the need to set each parameter. That makes for very secure operations, even in complex workflows.

“The result is that — as Channel 5 identified — the Platinum IP3 is a complete solution, and one which reduces cost while enhancing resilience,” Eckert added. “And, when the time comes, it can be expanded to encompass IP switching alongside SDI and digital audio, providing long-term security.”

The router project was installed and commissioned by MediaProject during summer 2019.

For more information about Imagine Communications’ products and solutions, please visit https://www.imaginecommunications.com.

 

 

 

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Imagine Communications Updates Core Truck Technology for NEP Belgium Posted: 06/11/2019
Imagine Communications Updates Core Truck Technology for NEP Belgium

Imagine Communications has delivered core technology for a major refresh of an outside broadcast truck for NEP Belgium. As well as providing state-of-the-art and future-proofed solutions, a key part of the challenge was the very tight timescale allocated to complete the refurbishment. Imagine Communications was able to deliver on the tough timetable with the support of its Belgian dealer and partner, VP Media Solutions.

“Our Unit 14 still had many kilometres in it, but with a technology platform that was life-expired,” said Geert Thoelen, transitions manager at NEP Belgium. “We wanted a solution that would fit into the existing space, would give us all the functionality we need today, and be ready for the future, including increasing use of IP connectivity. And we could really only take the truck off the road for little more than a month earlier this year, so our partner had to be capable of moving swiftly to install and commission.”

Imagine Communications was able to comfortably meet the requirements. The new infrastructure is built around the Platinum™ IP3 router. In a single 15RU chassis, this router provides very high-density switching of today’s SDI-HD signals. It is also capable of seamlessly integrating uncompressed video over IP, so is ready to form the basis of a migration to IP connectivity — for example, to introduce Ultra HD signals. In Unit 14, the Platinum IP3 router is also fitted with the Platinum SX Pro multiviewer cards, adding functionality while reducing rack occupancy and power consumption.

Imagine’s Magellan™ SDN Orchestrator provides overall system control in the truck. It is specifically designed to provide unified operational interfaces in a hybrid environment, easing the transition between traditional, SDI-connected technology and software-defined, IP-connected architectures.

Tags: Imagine Communications | NEP Belgium | OB truck | outside broadcast | truck refurbishment | core technology | state-of-the-art | future-proof | VP Media Solutions | Unit 14 | Geert Thoelen | IP connectivity | Mathias Eckert | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Imagine Communications Infrastructure Underpins New 4K HDR Truck for Videe Posted: 12/09/2019
Imagine Communications Infrastructure Underpins New 4K HDR Truck for Videe

Italian systems integration company Chromaline, which specializes in outside broadcast trucks, has built OBX, a flagship production unit for Videe. The revolutionary design, focused on creating a comfortable working environment for the biggest live events, depends upon core infrastructure products – including routing and multiviewers – from Imagine Communications.

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The Philippines Cignal TV Expands Playout Capabilities with Imagine Communications Posted: 22/08/2019
The Philippines Cignal TV Expands Playout Capabilities with Imagine Communications
Cignal TV, the leading satellite broadcaster in the Philippines, has expanded its playout capacity using the fully integrated Versio™ modular playout solution from Imagine Communications. Cignal TV broadcasts premium content on both television and radio to more than two million subscribers across the country. To meet the expectations of its audience, Cignal TV continually adds high-quality content and channels. The new playout system gives the broadcaster increased scalability and speed to market with a future-proofed, software-based solution.
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MultiChoice Moves to Exceed Consumer Expectations with IP Platform from Imagine Communications Posted: 26/04/2019
MultiChoice Moves to Exceed Consumer Expectations with IP Platform from Imagine Communications

MultiChoice, the largest satellite broadcaster in Africa, is responding to rapidly growing customer demand for superior content by building a new playout centre. The new facility is the first stage of the broadcaster’s transformation from traditional video playout to leading-edge IP transport and modular playout technology, providing for greater business agility, technical and operational flexibility and a reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO). This allows for an improved consumer experience and ensures faster speed to market with new broadcast offerings.

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Imagine Communications Upgrades Thai PBS with Software-Defined Technology Posted: 07/03/2019
Imagine Communications Upgrades Thai PBS with Software-Defined Technology

Imagine Communications has upgraded an existing news, production and playout infrastructure at Thai Public Broadcasting Services (Thai PBS), the leading public broadcaster in Thailand. The state-of-the-art installation gives the broadcaster greatly increased flexibility, scalability and speed for an operationally agile and future-focused solution through the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware running Nexio®? software from Imagine. The new Imagine solution enables Thai PBS to put content on air faster and easier to meet its audience’s voracious need for news content.

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Imagine Communications Appoints Tom Gittins to Head up Playout and Networking Sales in UK, Ireland and South Africa Posted: 25/02/2019
Imagine Communications Appoints Tom Gittins to Head up Playout and Networking Sales in UK, Ireland and South Africa

Imagine Communications has appointed Tom Gittins as its new senior director of sales UK, Ireland and South Africa (UKISA), for its playout and networking business. Gittins has been tasked with expanding Imagine Communications’ presence across these markets and supporting broadcasters and media companies as they migrate to IP, cloud and virtualization.

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Global Productions IP Truck Wins Ferrari Colour Shoot-out at Monza Posted: 30/01/2019
Global Productions IP Truck Wins Ferrari Colour Shoot-out at Monza

Technology from Imagine Communications proved successful in an unusual challenge at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in November 2018. Its systems power the new live Ultra HD production truck operated by Global Production, which took part in an extensive trial organised by Ferrari as part of its Ferrari Challenge World Final (1-4 November 2018). This trial determined who could deliver the most consistent and accurate live colour images across all resolutions — including, of course, Ferrari’s trademark red.

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Alpha TV Migrates to HD with Imagine Communications Posted: 11/12/2018
Alpha TV Migrates to HD with Imagine Communications

Imagine Communications has implemented a new multichannel playout centre for Alpha TV in Athens. This new installation gives Alpha TV the ability to meet its viewers’ demand for HD on all channels, and builds a platform for future growth plans. It also ensures business continuity by providing full redundancy, eliminating the risk of any channel going off air.

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