ITV implements IP video distribution

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 25-11-2011

In a bid to improve production efficiency, ITV Studios has deployed a new IP network for its just launched Emmerdale Production Centre in Leeds.
The installation is part of a complete overhaul of the Leeds facility and the bespoke network runs over the facility’s IP infrastructure and manages all feeds from the five new studios through two production galleries. It enables production staff to simultaneously access live feeds via display screens throughout the site and individual Mac and PC desktops in offices and production suites.
Cast, crew and visitors can view the studio feeds and Freeview television from 35 screens throughout the building, including in the green room, offices and restaurant with team members able to see which studios are in record mode.
“The planning and build of our new facility has given us a great opportunity to review and overhaul the ways in which we use technology in our production process,” explained Nick Sanders, Technical Manager (Continuing Drama) ITV. “A show such as Emmerdale, which now airs 312 episodes a year, is operationally a huge undertaking and the incorporation of new digital technologies and processes is enabling the whole team to work more efficiently than has ever been possible in the past.”
ITV has based its solution on Building IPTV from Exterity using its range of HD and SD AvediaStream Encoders, AvediaStream TVgateways and AvediaPlayer HD Receivers. The content streaming set-up was designed and installed by Netvue, an IPTV streaming systems specialist.

Added Colin Farquhar, Exterity CEO: “ITV Studios is now using the same network that furnishes access to business applications, email, internet and IP phone to also distribute live camera feeds throughout its new facility. In a fast-moving industry where access to video content is everything, efficiency and reliability cannot be optional.”