Integrated Channel Playout: Approaches and Challenges

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Broadcasters, content providers and multi-service operators are looking to standard IT solutions to help reduce the cost and complexity of launching new channels and upgrading existing services. The business goal is to elevate ROI by reducing the amount of specialized hardware that needs to be purchased and saving operational costs through reduced headcount and more efficient workflows. To get there, media professionals are increasingly turning to software-based integrated channel playout solutions that unite in a single system what used to be multiple, individual hardware components in the playout chain. This paper explores available integrated channel playout deployment models, and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of these solutions for different use cases.

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Virtualized Video Infrastructure: The New Foundation for Agile, Efficient Video Service Delivery

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This paper describes the virtualized video infrastructure (VVI), an IT-centric architecture that unifies previously discrete hardware-based functions for broadcast and multiscreen delivery within a single simplified software-defined workflow, and the media processing efficiencies, agility and significant bottom-line benefits a VVI enables in the modern video facility. In addition to explaining the key elements and functions of VVI, this paper examines three areas in which virtualization offers key financial and operational advantages over classic video processing models: software virtualization of hardware resources, use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) blade servers for physical infrastructure and deployment of media processing applications that run on virtual hosts rather than dedicated machines.

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