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Médias du Sud in France has selected Imagine Communications to support a forward-looking initiative called VIA, which will form the basis of the first national grouping of local TV stations in France.

imagine 14 sept 2017In the first phase, Médias du SUD/VIA will offer 20 city-based television channels, delivering local content from a central playout data centre. The IP-based deployment assists the French operator in reaching new levels of efficiency by fusing the reliability and dependability of traditional broadcast operations with the flexibility and agility of a fully virtualised, software-defined media facility.

At the heart of the new facility is a unified playout and scheduling solution featuring Versio, Imagine Communications’ fully virtualised cloud-native playout system, and xG Schedule, the industry’s first cloud-based planning and scheduling system for linear, on-demand and digital platforms. The Nexio mCAPTURE manages IP ingest in support of the live recording workflow. The private data centre deployment is underpinned by a microservices-based solution from Imagine that oversee signal processing and routing and helps ensure strict adherence to broadcast-quality standards by providing signal synchronisation and other services. The installation also relies on the EPIC MV multiviewer for monitoring capabilities.

“To launch the VIA television channels, we required a technology partner that could support our deep understanding of IT networks and propose forward-looking, highly efficient solutions,” said Philippe Van de Velde, technical director at Médias du Sud/VIA. “Imagine Communications demonstrated that it could marry broadcast quality and reliability with virtualised technology and IP networking, and, perhaps most importantly, could deliver it immediately.”

The first four channels, operating in the Region Occitanie in the South of France, are scheduled to be on the air in September 2017, with the rest of the 20 stations that are part of the initial phase to be rolled out in less than a year. The project was started in August 2017. Plans call for the network to eventually extend to cover 30 stations, all driven from the same central data centre.

“We are delighted to win this contract, because it is a very clear demonstration of the case we have been making for some years now,” said Mathias Eckert, vice president for EMEA at Imagine Communications. “This is a complete, software-defined, IP ecosystem, providing a highly resilient, productive and high quality service – a clear indication that virtualisation and IP are no longer science projects, but mainstream media technologies.”