Broadcasting Centre Europe (BCE), part of the RTL Group, has announced it has selected Snell Advanced Media’s IP-Edge technology for its brand new IP production centre, following 10 months of competitive testing.
The investment comes ahead of BCE’s move to its new headquarters ‘RTL City’ in Luxembourg, where all its operations are being consolidated. The 40 GbE IP-Edge IP production routing system combines SAM’s Kahuna IP production switchers, IP modular SDI to IP gateways, IQ-Edge IP processing systems, IP routing control systems and IP multi-viewers providing BCE with a flexible and resilient IP architecture for the future. The initial deployment is based around VSF TR-04 using SMPTE 2022-7 with a seamless migration to VSF TR-03 operation.
With over 30 years’ experience in professional broadcast services, BCE operates throughout Europe, broadcasting to more than 15 countries. Its parent company, the RTL Group, is a leading European entertainment network, with interests in 57 TV channels and 31 radio stations across 10 countries.
Jean Lampach, Chief Technology and Development Officer at BCE comments: “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 will ensure a smooth transition path that will enable us to continue to deliver exemplary service as we evolve.”
Robert Rowe, EVP and General Manager, Live Production and Infrastructure at SAM adds: “The decision to move operations to a new technology can be daunting for any broadcaster, but with the right partner it doesn’t have to be. Our product portfolio has been developed to provide a future proof capability on high capacity commodity IT infrastructure - we look forward to supporting BCE during this exciting period and be part of one of the most high profile IP deployments across the globe.”