Foxtel links London to Australia with Thomson Video Networks

Louise Duffy | 15-11-2012

Thomson Video Networks has announced that Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel relied on the company's technology to send HD video from London to Sydney for Foxtel's coverage of the London Olympic Games. In London, Foxtel used Thomson ViBE™ EM3000 HD encoders and NetProcessor 9030 multiplexers to prepare eight HD channels of live content for transmission to Australia via an IP link.

Foxtel in Sydney operates one of the largest Thomson Video Networks platforms in the Asia-Pacific region, incorporating several generations of encoders, multiplexers, and video servers. For the London Games, both the Sydney head-end and the installation at the broadcast centre in London were integrated with Foxtel's Thomson XMS Management System, giving the broadcaster a complete and integrated solution for monitoring and controlling the contribution feeds from city to city. Thomson Video Networks' technical staff in Australia, London, and France worked closely with Foxtel to implement this highly efficient HD solution.
Brett Paton, head of product solutions design for Foxtel, said: "Getting it all together for an event of this scale requires really good teamwork and a great understanding between the collaborating partners.
"With Thomson Video Networks, we knew we could deliver the best-possible quality for our coverage with a fully integrated system at both ends."