ESPN STAR Sports taps SeaChange

ESPN STAR Sports selects SeaChange's MediaCluster video server system

ESPN STAR Sports has selected SeaChange International's Broadcast MediaCluster video server system for on-air delivery of television programming to millions of viewers in 25 countries.

ESPN STAR Sports selected the Broadcast MediaCluster because of its around-the-clock reliability, expandability and storage protection.

ESPN STAR Sports network programming emanates from a 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art production and transmission facility in Singapore. Here, SeaChange's Broadcast MediaCluster takes the role of on-air server. More than 360 hours of broadcast material will be stored on the stand-alone video server system; it will deliver eight regional television channels in English, Hindi, Mandarin and Cantonese.

SeaChange's Broadcast MediaClusters are comprised of 'server nodes,' which leverage SeaChange's RAID architecture to scale gracefully in storage and I/O capacity, while providing the only single copy, 100 percent fault-resilient video server in the broadcast market.

ESPN STAR Sports' choice, the Broadcast MediaCluster 1650 series, uses as many as 16 disk drives per server node and delivers over 40 I/Os in a seven-node configuration.

SeaChange and its Asia distribution partner Magna Systems, have brought the MediaCluster to television operators throughout Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The operator has also taken on board a new Encoda Automation system, which has been integrated with SeaChange video server systems in customer deployments around the world.

ESPN STAR Sports' Broadcast MediaCluster deployment will be live at the end of August.

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