Broadcasting Center Europe goes live with SAM IP infrastructure

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SAM has gone live with its IP infrastructure at RTL City

Snell Advanced Media (SAM) has announced that Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) has gone live with its end-to-end IP infrastructure at RTL Group’s new Luxembourg headquarters, RTL City. Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) was designed to consolidate all the broadcaster’s operations in one location.


The new system supports programme broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a number of channels including RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Chamber TV (Luxembourg), RTL TVI, Club RTL, Plug TV (Belgium), RTL4, RTL5, RTL7, RTL8, RTL Z (Netherlands), RTL9 and AB Groupe movie channels (France).


Jean Lampach, Chief Technology and Development Officer at BCE commented: “Having undertaken extensive and highly competitive tests into the suppliers within the market, SAM’s experience and product offering was truly unmatched. They quickly understood our business needs and challenges, and have technology that offers flexibility and scalability, making them the right partner to help undertake our IP deployment. They put the needs of our customers at the core, and as a result they ensured a smooth transition path that will enable us to continue to deliver exemplary services as we evolve.”


Robert Szabó-Rowe, EVP and GM, Live Production and Infrastructure at SAM added, “Congratulations to RTL and BCE on the successful launch of this market-leading project. We’re very proud to have been chosen by BCE; it’s a testament to our commitment to open, interoperable architecture and a strong roadmap that underlines that we are a partner for the long term. SAM is focused on helping customers to transition to new technologies and workflows – be that IP, 4K/UHD or HDR – as risk free as possible and we work in close collaboration with them to make this happen.”


The SAM IP routing system combines SAM’s Kahuna IP production switchers, IQ-Edge IP processing systems, IP routing control systems and IP Multiviewers. The initial deployment is based around VSF TR-04 using SMPTE ST 2022-6/7 & AES67 redundant IP streams with a seamless migration to VSF TR-03.


The SAM IP routing system consists of the following equipment:

  • Redundant COTS IP switches supplied by SAM: Arista 7508R and Juniper QFX10008, supporting both 10Gbe and 40GbE connectivity.
  • SAM IP routing control system with full redundancy, including a direct interface to the Lawo VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) control layer.
  • SAM monitoring system, collecting data from the IP sub-system, with a direct interface to the Skyline DataMiner monitoring layer.
  • SAM Edge devices with VSF TR-04 and “ST 2022-7” redundancy support.
  • IQMIX cards for IP⬄SDI conversion and IQAMD cards for IP⬄MADI conversion.
  • Audio XS software audio stream processors & IQ Edge video stream processors.
  • Kahuna IP production switchers & sQ IP video servers.
  • MV-820 IP Multiviewers.
  • SAM interfacing to 3rd party edge devices for IP streams input and output control.
  • Grass Valley “LDX 86” IP studio cameras.
  • Studer audio mixing consoles.
  • Harmonic “SpectrumX and Electra X2” IP playout servers and encoders.

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