Broadcast connectivity company SIS LIVE has engaged Net Insight to provide to transport live content from English Premier League football matches for aggregation at its UK hub.
Looking at the project in general terms, Net Insight said that as broadcasters look to transport live sporting content across networks with increasingly higher quality, they face greater challenges in doing so efficiently, both in terms of time and cost. In addition to this industry-wide issue, it revealed that SIS LIVE faced the unique challenge in looking for further flexibility in switching circuits and a need for increased visibility from a network management perspective. The company's NOC (Network Operations Centre) team needed these features to respond to faults effectively and efficiently.
To help SIS LIVE address these challenges, Net Insight deployed its Nimbra 600 series media switch routers (MSRs) across English Premier League football grounds for JPEG2000 encoding and decoding of live content over a 1G link. The MSRs take live feeds from each English Premier League stadium to the SIS LIVE MediaCityUK hub over a dedicated IP network for aggregation, enabling editing of live content and create its programming, in both standard definition and high definition (HD). SIS LIVE is also using Net Insight's Touch&Switch technology, which connects ports and switches services using a touch-screen or PC application.
"We required a solution that not only offered end-to-end visibility in the network but also on every single service, with the ability to switch from any port to another, so Net Insight's Nimbra was the clear choice based on its service centric properties, ease of use and operational simplicity," explained Dave Gill, head of solutions at SIS LIVE. "We're also making really efficient use of our bandwidth too ... enabling us to turn circuits on and off when necessary, while both ourselves and our customers are delighted with the quality achieved, the rapid response to pulling circuits up and the increase in visibility and management of the network."