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Imagine Communications Powers TVB with Platinum IP3 Routers


The largest broadcaster in Hong Kong and the leader in Asian content production, Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), has selected Imagine Communications Platinum IP3 routers to power the core routing capability in both the technical control rooms for the live studios and the Ultra HD-ready outside broadcast truck (UHD OB Unit).

“TVB is the biggest content producer in Hong Kong and a broadcast leader in Asia,” said Andy Hui, Sales Director for China and North Asia at Imagine Communications. “Our Platinum IP3 is now the core router for both the technical control room of TVB’s two largest live studios and its new UHD OB unit.”

The Platinum line IP3, the large enterprise-scale IP3 router integrates mixed-format video and audio routing, multiviewer functionality, mux/demux, frame sync and advanced I/O options such as MADI and fiber — all within a single, space-saving frame. And now with the addition of a module that provides a best-in-class, multichannel uncompressed over IP (UCIP) solution, the Platinum IP3 becomes the central gateway in a hybrid IP/SDI routing environment. The PX-UCIP module is an on-ramp/off-ramp solution that is installed directly into the Platinum IP3 frame.

Platinum IP3 delivers powerful capabilities:

  • Seamless on-air expansion to matrices beyond 2Kx2K
  • Integrated IP gateways, audio mux/demux, frame synchronizers, multiviewers, and more
  • New control paradigm enables hybrid infrastructures — SD, HD, IP
  • Dynamic setup and reconfiguration of system while on air

Offering limitless expansion options, exceptional on-air protection and a path to an IP routing future, Platinum IP3 is future-proofed to support Ultra High Definition (UHD) signals, and is ideal for a range of applications — from Outside Broadcast trucks that require large-scale routing, to multichannel video programming distributors, large national broadcasters or network hubs that require thousands of I/O.

“Since the 1990s, we have been working with Imagine Communications to deploy solutions such as baseband routers, processing, playout servers and automation systems,” said Andy Cheung, Chief Engineer, Engineering, TVB. “This time we chose Imagine Communications’ Platinum IP3 router to fulfill our signal routing needs.”

About Imagine Communications:

Imagine Communications empowers the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation. Broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on our optimized, future-proof, multiscreen video and ad management solutions every day to support their mission-critical operations.

Today, nearly half of the world’s video channels traverse our products, and our software solutions drive nearly $50 billion in global ad revenue for our customers. Through continuous innovation, we are delivering the most advanced IP, cloud-enabled, software-defined network and workflow solutions in the industry.

Learn more about the customers we serve and the breakthroughs we’ve produced.

About Television Broadcasts Limited:

Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) is listed on the main board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (stock code: 00511). Major activities of TVB include free-to-air television broadcasting, programme production, programme licensing and distribution, digital media business and publications. TVB is one of the few broadcasters in the world that operates a vertically integrated business model encompassing production, broadcasting and distribution, supplemented by a strong artiste pool.

TVB, which commenced broadcasting on 19 November 1967, has over 4,200 staff and artistes worldwide. It operates five digital HD channels and annually produces about 700 hours of dramas and over 23,000 hours of news, variety, travelogue, and information/entertainment programmes. Well recognised for its high quality productions, TVB has won over 540 internationally acclaimed awards.

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Matthew has worked in both the private sector and in higher education for over twenty years. He specializes in the areas of digital media project management, broadcast engineering and media production. Matthew has extensive knowledge in digital post production, digital asset management, digital cinema production, and broadcast facility integration. Mr. Harchick actively researches state of the art broadcast, cutting edge digital cinema and smart audio visual technologies for client implementation and is available for your consultation needs.

Matt and his family currently reside in the Washington, D.C metro area.
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