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Mexico’s TV Azteca has collaborated with Imagine Communications to deploy a next-generation playout and master control infrastructure.
imagine 5 sept 2018
The scalable, software-based platform running on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware is driving 120 channels from the broadcaster’s headquarters in Mexico City.

TV Azteca continues to grow in terms of the number of programming hours they produce, as well as by expanding to create content for OTT and other digital platforms. With plans to make a gradual transition to IP distribution, cloud-based operations and 4K UHD, the company was looking to replace aging playout and master control infrastructure with flexible technology that would enable them to efficiently run their current business and easily evolve to meet future requirements.

“TV Azteca is evolving to create and co-create the best television for our audience, and certainly an infrastructure upgrade like this will bring us closer to our goal to have an avant-garde company,” said Pedro Carmona Ortiz, technology director at TV Azteca. “The shift is part of our efforts to make ourselves better so that we can keep delivering high-quality content with top technology.”

The Imagine Communications playout system features 20 Nexio+ AMP software-defined media servers, which support uncompressed and compressed IP and UHD/HD/SD SDI I/O; three Versio IOX SAN high-performance online storage systems provide a total of 528 TB storage; and Nexio Media Gateway appliances, which enable high-speed file transfer of large quantities of data to and from the shared storage system using standard Ethernet connectivity.

“TV Azteca takes a highly innovative but practical approach to technology implementation, which enables them to maintain a competitive edge as the industry evolves,” said Imagine Communications Sergio Yáñez, vice president, CALA Sales. “We are proud of our long relationship with this future-focused media organisation and look forward to continue supporting TV Azteca with practical solutions and migration strategies that align with their specific requirements.”