MultiChoice adopts Imagine Communications IP platform

African satellite broadcaster MultiChoice has chosen software-defined microservices products and IP interfacing technology by Imagine Communications for its new playout centre.

The facility is the first stage of the broadcaster, currently working with 150 video and 180 audio channels across six platforms to over 14 million subscribers in 46 countries across Africa, to transform from traditional video playout to IP transport and modular playout technology. It’s located at the company’s Randburg (Johannesburg) headquarters and it is being implemented by Concilium Technologies.

The playout centre is built around Versio™, a solution hosted on the HPE servers. It includes eight HD channels with full redundancy. The EPIC™ MV multiviewer and the Imagine’s Zenium™ microservices platform are also included in the project. In addition, existing SDI signals are transported as uncompressed video-over-IP with eight high-density Selenio™ Network Processors.

Each one of these solutions are integrated into the MultiChoice’s existing platform, which includes Imagine D-Series™ automation control, Selenio™ processing and Platinum™ IP3 routing. It is expected to go on air in late 2019.

“This is a great project, because it gives MultiChoice two big wins,” said Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM EMEA/APAC, Playout & Networking, at Imagine Communications. “First, and most obvious, it allows them to respond to consumer demand. Secondly, it provides a solid route to the future with a solution that offers a very low total cost of ownership.”

Eckert continued, “MultiChoice has a clear vision of delivering all its content across reticulated IP networks for high resilience and geo-diversity. They recognized that the Imagine microservices approach to software-defined functionality with inherent virtualization is a good foundation on which to build future systems. We look forward to continuing to work closely with MultiChoice, as we move through the stages of this transition.”