Foxtel relies on TAG’s IP monitoring solutions in its new facility integrated by Magna

In 2020 Foxtel started a project to exit the television centre facility at Macquarie Park. The plan involved migrating their entire technology platform across two sites in Sydney to an IP platform encompassing video routing, satellite, OTT and more. After more than 12 months of market research and testing, Foxtel chose a TAG solution for all their IP monitoring requirements. It was supplied by Magna Systems & Engineering.

“We wanted to be able to not only view pictures on monitors but provide a real time probe of those signals across the full workflow to provide a full end-to-end view of the video workflow across all formats and encoding type. The TAG solution does all of this and more,” explains Matthew Carter, Head of Broadcast Engineering and Projects at Foxtel.

The TAG solution is now monitoring over 2,000 sources across multiple sites with all types of IP signals including uncompressed HD and UHD, compressed HD and UHD, OTT – HLS, CMAF and DASH including DRM, NDI and any combination of these signals can be monitored on just one server. TAG is also a software solution running entirely on COTS hardware.

Foxtel also opted for the latest DELL R650 server with dual ConnectX6 200GE cards. Each server is capable of monitoring up to 128 uncompressed SMPTE ST2110 HD inputs with -7 seamless switching protection.

“We specifically purchased the TAG IP monitoring solution for its ability to decode and monitor across multi-formats. It is still the only tool out there that can do this within the same appliance at scale. We were also very impressed with Magna who supported us from start to finish. They understood our requirements and worked closely with my team to provide the solution that fitted our needs. Magna have been on hand all along the way to help with any issues and to work with TAG on any request we have had,” concludes Carter

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