Televisa expands offering with SAM channel-in-a-box solutions

Televisa's new playout facility
Neal Romanek
Post Production
May 17th 2017 at 5:34PM : By Neal Romanek

For its new playout facility, the Mexican broadcaster has selected SAM’s ICE solution with Morpheus automation and SAM’s Rollmap infrastructure management system

Mexican broadcaster Televisa Networks will use Snell Advanced Media's channel-in-a-box technology for its new playout facility (pictured).

Televisa has purchased SAM’s ICE CiaB solution along with Morpheus automation, a Sirius 850 router, SAM’s Rollmap infrastructure management system and IQ Modular infrastructure. This will add 37 channels of programming to Televisa's lineup.

SAM’s ICE Channel-in-a-Box solution has a toolset for managing playout operations, including single channel, multi-channel, multi-region, and multi-platform environments. Televisa has integrated ICE with SAM’s Morpheus playout automation system, which is suitable for enterprise-scale use for national broadcasts, sports, network origination, central casting and business continuity. The ICE family of products also includes ICE SDC and ICE IP.

“Our purchase of SAM’s ICE, Morpheus, Sirius 800, Rollmap and IQ Modular infrastructure for the new playout facility is another example of how we continue to rely on SAM’s rich knowledge in broadcast," said Eduardo Jimenez Machorro, director general de operaciones y servicios de producción at Televisa. "For this project, SAM orchestrated a system that brings an unmatched level of productivity to our workflow. With the system, which went live in late 2016, we can broadcast via multiple platforms and deliver multiple channels from a single system. Our automation will be much more tightly coupled with things like subtitling and integrated graphics, loudness control for all channels, and our live captioning will be simplified. We’ll now also have a more efficient means of storage because ICE simultaneously plays the same file from a single shared storage unit which enables content to be shared between channels instantly and immediately available when required.”

Televisa is a leading Spanish-language media company and is also a leading direct-to-home satellite pay television system in Mexico and Central America. Televisa distributes the content it produces through several broadcast channels, including 26 pay-tv brands in Latin America, Europe and the United States as well as television networks, cable operators and OTT services in over 50 countries.