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Regional Italian broadcaster virtualizes headend, prompted by office move and DVB-T2 HD roadmap

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Italy’s regional public broadcaster RAS has gone live with Synamedia’s virtualized Digital Content Manager (DCM) video processing platform as it prepares to migrate from DVB-T SD/HD to DVB-T2/HEVC HD services by June 2022. A long-time Synamedia customer, RAS is using Synamedia DCM for satellite input and DVB-T transmissions and virtualized DCM for encoding in a private cloud.

The catalyst for the deployment was RAS’s office relocation in Q4 2019. This required all of the broadcaster’s technology systems to be moved seamlessly – without any disruption to TV and radio services or to the broadcaster’s public safety DTT emergency alert system for the Südtirol region.

DCM virtualizes the entire video headend, providing encoding and statistical multiplexing capabilities in a single solution. It is also capable of handling DRM, packaging and advertising.

German software house Dimetis integrated Synamedia’s hybrid DCM/virtualized DCM with the latest version of its BOSS BROADCAST Manager (BBM) software platform and managed the technology move to the new office. Orchestrated by BBM, the private cloud-based deployment has allowed RAS to automate workflows and streamline operations, boosting operational efficiency. BBM also provides RAS with glass-to-glass DVB and DAB+ service monitoring.

Johann Silbernagl, CTO at RAS says: “This deployment marks the beginning of our journey towards full DVB-T2 services in 2022. The powerful combination of Synamedia’s software-centric DCM solution and Dimetis’ BOSS BROADCAST Manager gives us a state-of-the-art solution that is flexible enough to meet today’s requirements while also giving us the freedom to transition seamlessly to the new standard at our own pace. As a public broadcaster, this future-proofing capability is particularly important.”

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