BT Sport selects ARRIS for IPTV head-end

Editor | 27-11-2013

As it rapidly makes its mark on the UK's sporting TV market, BT has invested in an ARRIS encoding, video distribution, and services platform to enable content for its BT Sport offering.

ARRIS has deployed what it calls its 'industry-leading' encoders and application platform to deliver standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) digital video experiences in for the popular sports offering which is available online, via a dedicated app or through the BT IPTV service.

The head-end solution brings together solutions from Screen for DVB subtitling, Miranda for core processing functions, and Brocade for IP switches and routers. The solution was designed with encoder redundancy and separate disaster recovery capabilities to ensure the head-end system can recover seamlessly from any possible outages while bolstering capacity.

"The reliability of ARRIS technology, expertise and collaboration gives us the confidence that we have a leading delivery platform that is providing our customers with an excellent viewing experience," commented David Mason of BT, head of delivery - TV service platforms.

"BT needed a technology and systems integration partner to develop and evolve its head-end, and ARRIS was the natural choice to be the prime contractor, with our global track record of innovation and expertise," says Steve McCaffery, senior vice president, EMEA, ARRIS. "Our technical and commercial relationship with BT continues to develop, and the quality of our collaboration is clearly demonstrated by the world-class head-end solution at BT Tower."