Portugal's TVI Launches Two New Channels on Snell's ICE Channel-in-a-Box System
Installation Builds on Existing Infrastructure to Enable Fast, Cost-Effective Launch
READING, U.K. -- May 14, 2013 -- Snell today announced that Portugal's most-watched broadcaster, TVI, has deployed the Snell ICE channel-in-a-box solution to support two new channels: TVI Fiction and +TVI. By installing ICE systems, TVI is quickly and cost-effectively bringing new channels to air. While the ICE systems enable fast expansion without significant changes to existing infrastructure, they also integrate seamlessly with TVI's installed Snell Morpheus automation system enabling it to scale from a single channel to many complex channels, controlled from just one user interface.
"Snell's ICE gave us a straightforward, easy-to-deploy solution for adding two new channels to our existing lineup," said Carlos Gomes, head of technical department at TVI. "While our investment in ICE systems alone enables us to reduce the time and cost of our channel launches, we will realize a further benefit in the added power and flexibility that our Morpheus automation system brings to these channel-playout boxes."
ICE is a best-of-breed IT-based playout system that combines what once were multiple racks of hardware into a single system. Each ICE has multiple inputs and outputs and includes two DVEs and eight keyers per channel mixer, routing and mixing functions, SD and HD format conversion, audio processing capabilities, and closed-caption/subtitle support.
TVI currently relies on Morpheus to drive playout for its main TVI channel, its 24-hour news channel (TVI24) and TVI International. The installation of the ICE units provides all the functionality that TVI needs to expand their flexible and highly scalable multi-channel system. In this environment, Snell's unique FlexiCore architecture allows ICE to emulate the master control environment by facilitating reconfiguration of internal routing and supporting dynamic allocation of resources across all channels to meet operational requirements. Following rapid delivery and commissioning of its ICE systems, TVI successfully launched TVI Fiction in October 2012 and +TVI in February 2013.
More information about ICE, Morpheus, and other systems within the Snell product family is available online at www.snellgroup.com.
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Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today's multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.
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