Alma TV expands with Imagine
KAZAKHSTAN: DNK Kazakhstan has implemented a playout solution from Imagine Communications at Alma TV, the country’s largest cable operator. The solution will allow the broadcaster to make four in-house high definition additions to its portfolio of over 120 channels.
DNK specified six Versio units, giving Alma TV four main and two backup channels. Content is managed by a Nexio Motion intelligent media movement system, which creates automated processes to move and manage media across multiple devices, including the Versio systems. The system also includes a Platinum MX 32x32 router with an integrated Platinum SX Pro multiviewer for monitoring.
Encoding is covered by the Selenio MCP3 platform which provides 10 MPEG-2 and H.264 encoders to generate SD and HD outputs for each channel, including integrated loudness control. Test and measurement equipment includes Videotek devices for signal control and an MSA-100 multi-source transport stream analyser to monitor the encoded outputs.
‘The move to creating and delivering our own channels was a new step for us,’ said Alexander Trubin, head of playout for Alma TV. ‘We needed a packaged solution that would be absolutely reliable, with ironclad and automated redundancy. We challenged our systems integrator DNK to build it all in just a one-rack cabinet. Leveraging its experience implementing Imagine Communications’ solutions into broadcast facilities, DNK was able to meet all of our goals. We are delighted to be able to add our own channels so quickly.’
‘This is our first playout implementation in Kazakhstan, and the first venture into playout for Alma TV,’ said Mathias Eckert, vice president EMEA for Imagine Communications. ‘Our core Versio, Platinum and Selenio products have delivered a tightly integrated solution which provides automatic up- and down-conversion as required, along with the high level of redundancy the customer specified. We can accomplish this in a short period of time and in a compacted space to get the broadcaster on the air quickly while saving real estate, power and air conditioning.’
Engineers and operators from Alma TV have received training from Imagine Communications on the new system on-site in Almaty. Bulbul, the new music channel, is already on air. The other three channels will go live by the end of 2016.