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Quartz, now an Evertz brand, has supplied United Kingdom broadcaster ITV with the master control and routing infrastructure for playout of its new channel, ITV4. ITV4 complements the programming on sister channels ITV1, 2 and 3.

Selected for its functionality and ease of integration into ITV's automation system, a Quartz QMC master control switcher will carry full key and logo options to support the on-screen look of the ITV brand and provide the entire presentation output.

The QMC is managed by a specially extended Quartz SC-1000 system controller — configured in the same way as the SC-1000 that already handles the Quartz routing infrastructure for the ITV regions.

Two Quartz Xenon routers, configured 128x64, with redundant power supplies and redundant controllers act as the main and backup router for the new channel. Xenon was chosen for its multi-format capabilities and passive rear connectors that allow for easy maintenance without disruption.

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