Imagine Communications has upgraded PPTV Thailand’s existing playout facility in Bangkok with a turnkey system built on its Versio modular playout platform.
Versio is a fully virtualised platform that can be implemented in dedicated on-prem hardware, as at PPTV, or as software in a data centre or in the cloud. With a modular architecture designed to fit any installation, Versio integrates with the station’s existing content storage network and can accept both IP and SDI live feeds from its studios or from outside sources such as sports feeds for PPTV’s premium sports channel.
“We wanted to update our playout system with full automation, graphics, master control and the ability to move instantly between automated and live delivery,” said Bundit Khamnueng, broadcasting and operations director of PPTV. “Imagine’s team demonstrated that they could meet all our playout needs in a turnkey system that is highly reliable and easy to monitor and maintain.”
The new system includes storage for scheduled content, built on Imagine’s Versio IOX shared storage with intrinsic mirroring for redundancy. Nexio Motion and Versio Content Portal provide a transparent connection to the station’s content storage network, calling media assets as required. Two Versio playout channels are included in the system, running in tight synchronisation, to provide full redundancy with automatic failover. Playout engines use embedded instances of Imagine ADC automation software, which shares data with the scheduling system to ensure that the right content goes to air accurately.
Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM EMEA and APAC for Imagine Communications, said: “Versio is cost-effective for applications like PPTV, where we can deliver a feature-rich solution with all the functionality, reliability and graphics capability a premium HD channel needs. At the same time, Versio and ADC can scale in the future as PPTV’s business requirements change.
“This is our first contract with PPTV and we aim to continue to demonstrate, through our local support and through our innovative technology, that we are the ideal partner for all broadcasters across the region.”
PPTV is a commercial broadcaster in Thailand, owned by Bangkok Media and Broadcasting. It delivers a single HD service on channel 36 of the country’s digital terrestrial network showing a broad variety of content, including premium sports as well as entertainment. The new playout and master control system at PPTV was implemented in association with local Imagine partner and systems integrator SWS Group.