IBC, Amsterdam. September 14, 2017; VIDELIO, the leading digital media systems integrator,
announced today that it is expanding FOX SPORTS playout facilities located in Hilversum, the
Netherlands. The platform which was originally deployed by VIDELIO in 2015 and upgraded in
2016, will be made fully redundant. A staging platform will also be implemented to validate future
upgrades and new workflows prior to their roll-out.
This expansion follows the increased number of channels distributed from Hilversum. In addition to
the original fifteen channels dedicated to the Dutch market (6 live, 9 on-line), three new outbound
feeds have been added: two channels dedicated to the 22 countries FOX SPORTS beams into
Africa and one master feed for FOX SPORTS affiliates.
“With the growing number of channels we now reach millions of viewers in Europe
and Africa, explains Mr. Jinne Tania, Broadcast Specialist Fox Sports channels at
Eredivisie Media & Marketing CV. “We had to take our playout center to the next level,
but we needed a partner that we trust to manage such an upgrade in a live 24/7
environment such as ours.”
Working in such a mission critical environment, VIDELIO teams ensured the deployment of new
infrastructure and servers, as well as the re-patching of over 600 ports with no service interruption.
“As systems integrators, our mission is to work with our clients throughout the life-
cycle of their technology platforms,” says Malcolm Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at
VIDELIO Media. “From that standpoint, working with FOX SPORTS has become a
true partnership based on mutual trust, whereby we support their requirements and
help them achieve their goals for the long-run.”
The transmission and playout system has been designed upfront with ‘best of breed’ components
from major suppliers including Axon video processing, EVS and Harmonic servers, Imagine
Communications router, Juniper Network equipment, LDM control system and Pebble Beach
automation. The platform leverages VSM to allow for any operational position within the playout
center to be assigned to any operational task. As a result, any workstation can be allocated to any
task in the workflow, be it QC operations, monitoring, editing or ingest. The user interface was
designed to give a graphical representation of the facility so the operators could easily select their
seat and assign the workflow offering ultimate flexibility of space and resource.
ABOUT FOX SPORTS
Fox Sports offers 6 premium channels to the Dutch audience, 2 Fox Sports Africa channels with a
reach of millions of viewers in the sub-Sahara region and offers a European channel as the basis
of sports programming in Italy, Turkey, Greece and Israel.
VIDELIO is one of the largest digital media systems integrators worldwide. With over 1,000 staff
and offices across Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle-East, VIDELIO is publically listed on the
Euronext stock exchange (VDLO). VIDELIO teams have been designing, deploying and
maintaining mission-critical systems for the past thirty years.
“This was completely re-patched last month by Videlio with
new cables while the system was live 24/7. Labeling of the
bays will be fitted this week so that will look better if you
want to use a picture from the rack.”
Jinne Tania, Broadcast Specialist Fox Sports channels at
Eredivisie Media & Marketing CV.
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