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#NABShow 2017: Announcement Recap: Imagine Communications and MSG Network Plan on Next-Gen Production Center!


A major announcement was made this week at #NABShow 2017. Imagine Communications announced that they will be working with MSG Networks to jump start their existing play-out production facilities.  The Nexio+ AMP media sever and the Versio IOX storage solution will help expand MSG Network in the areas of ingest, storage, and play-out operations plus provide for some cutting edge editing operations.

“We needed to upgrade our playout facilities to meet today’s demands for compelling and immersive sports content and be flexible and extensible enough to enable us to accommodate future technology updates and market requirements,” said Belinda Binkley, VP Engineering MSG Networks, the home broadcaster of several sports teams in the New York area, as well as hundreds of events each year. Imagine Communications has been a responsive and reliable partner in the past and we were confident that it could deliver a solution that would grow and expand in lockstep with our needs and our customers’ unquenchable appetite for sports-related programming.”

Madison Square Garden, being dubbed “the world’s most famous arena” by then owner William Kissam Vanderbilt in

empire_state_building_and_madison_square_garden_in_rainbow_colors_for_gay_pride_2015_18642009884 1879, is home to many professional teams. The NY Rangers, NY Knicks, and the NY Liberty, as well as, collegiate St. John’s Red Storm (men’s basketball team) are covered by MSG Networks. They also provide coverage for fan’s of the Buffalo Sabers, New Jersey Devils and the NY Islanders. MSG Network also distributes original programming and Archival programming, live concert coverage, high school sports coverage, online programming, and talk shows like Boomer and Carton in the Morning!

At the center of the new operation will be Imagine’s software-based platform Nexio+™ AMP® media server technology, which is providing both ingest and play-out functionality. In support of over 80 channels at MSG Networks and seamlessly integrating with Adobe Premiere Pro (MSG’s edit platform of choice) the improvement of streamlining multiple tasks, editing and distribution of content will be accomplished.

The new play-out production center will have Imagine’s Versio IOX™ Storage which is optimized for performance of live production facilities. Provides for full sharable and scalable storage of over 10-gigbit Ethernet link for network operators to access with speed and performance of a SAN, but with the price tag and manageability mostly seen with a NAS solution. Imagine Communication will be debuting the Versio IOX Scale-out NAS Storage solution (for the MSG Network deployment) powered by EditShare EFS, the scale-out file system and storage software platform provided by Imagine’s technology partner EditShare. The Versio IOX Scale-out NAS Storage will provide operators easy-to-manage system solutions, powerful storage, the support of high-bandwidth and high volume media ingest operations!

“Madison Square Garden is a celebrated and iconic sports brand and Imagine Communications is proud of its long history of assisting MSG Networks in delivering some of the most exciting and memorable moments in sports to millions of viewers,” said Mark Senecal, VP of Product Management, Imagine Communications. “The new playout facility enables MSG Networks to up its game to an even higher level and helps ensure that the company will be able to seamlessly evolve its network to serve the needs of New York area sports fans for the foreseeable future.”

For more information, please visit www.imaginecommunications.com.

About Imagine Communications

ImaginelogoImagine Communications empowers the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation. Broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on our optimized, future-proof, multiscreen video and revenue enablement solutions every day to support their mission-critical operations. Today, nearly half of the world’s video channels traverse our products, and our software solutions drive close to a third of global ad revenue. Through continuous innovation we are delivering the most advanced IP, cloud-enabled, software-defined network and workflow solutions in the industry. Visit www.imaginecommunications.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter @imagine_comms.

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EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the homepage-logopost-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare‘s groundbreaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application. Visit www.editshare.com for more information.

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