Broadcasting Centre Europe builds IP infrastructure

Neal Romanek
August 15th 2016 at 2:13PM : By Neal Romanek

BCE will open a new IP broadcast centre with Snell Advanced Media tech at its core

Broadcasting Centre Europe (BCE), part of the RTL Group, will be using Snell Advanced Media's IP-Edge technology for its new IP production centre. The investment comes ahead of BCE's move to a new headquarters in Luxembourg, dubbed ‘RTL City’, where its operations are being consolidated. The 40 GbE IP-Edge IP production routing system combines SAM’s Kahuna IP production switchers, IP modular SDI to IP gateways, IQ-Edge IP processing systems, IP routing control systems and IP multi-viewers. The initial deployment is based around VSF TR-04 using SMPTE 2022-7 with a seamless migration to VSF TR-03 operation.
“Having undertaken extensive and highly competitive tests into the suppliers within the market, SAM’s experience and product offering was truly unmatched," said Jean Lampach, chief technology and development Officer at BCE. "They quickly understood our business needs and challenges, and have technology that offers flexibility and scalability, making them the right partner to help undertake our IP deployment. They put the needs of our customers at the core, and as a result will ensure a smooth transition path that will enable us to continue to deliver exemplary service as we evolve.”
Robert Rowe, EVP and General Manager, Live Production and Infrastructure at SAM said: “The decision to move operations to a new technology can be daunting for any broadcaster, but with the right partner it doesn’t have to be. Our product portfolio has been developed to provide a future proof capability on high capacity commodity IT infrastructure - we look forward to supporting BCE during this exciting period and be part of one of the most high profile IP deployments across the globe.”
BCE broadcasts to more than 15 countries throughout Europe. Its parent company, the RTL Group, is a leading European entertainment network, with interests in 57 TV channels and 31 radio stations across 10 countries.