Editor ©RapidTVNews | 06-09-2011

As it basks in the continued success of flagship series, NBCUniversal has embarked upon a major upgrade of its routing capabilities to its growing number of broadcast facilities.

The leading media and entertainment company is to beef up its infrastructure and routing systems at its main broadcast facilities in New York and Los Angeles, as well as other NBCUniversal production facilities throughout the US.

The first phase of this project is the consolidation of its core routing systems at NBCUniversal’s main 30 Rock facility in New York. The new signal management system will be based on Miranda’s NVISION 8500 Hybrid router which will offer integrated embedded audio processing, along with MADI and fibre connectivity, and N-on-1 cross-point redundancy.

A key element of the upgrade at 30 Rock is a phased migration to a new control platform. This gradual transition will avoid disruption to day-to-day operations, as the new router infrastructure is deployed.

To streamline operations, the production studios will use the embedded audio processing capabilities of a hybrid router system, which include de-embedding, shuffling, break-away and re-embedding. This integrated processing is designed to save space, power, cabling and costs, while also preventing audio to video latency problems.

Explaining why the company awarded Miranda a multi-year, multi-million dollar routing solution contract for the job, Ian Trombley, Executive Vice President of Technical Operations at NBCUniversal said: “We went through a very comprehensive review of router technology, and Miranda offers the routing systems and support that best meet our immediate needs, as well as a development road map which addresses our future requirements.”