Westlake Satellite taps Miranda for playout bundle

Michelle Clancy | 28-02-2014

Miranda Technologies has installed its iTX integrated playout platform, along with NVISION routing, Densit signal processing and Belden connectivity solutions, at Westar Satellite Services' new centralised master control facility in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Located just outside Dallas, Westar Master Control Services provides video playback services to 15 commercial and public broadcasting customers.

"When we decided to launch an outsourced centralised master control service, we knew that a core component would have to be the most dependable playout solution we could find to streamline operations for all the stations we serve," said Westar president Richard Duke. "We are a long-time user of Miranda's Kaleido multiviewers in our mobile production units, so we had a great deal of trust in the Miranda brand. We've come to rely on the efficiency and dependability of their solutions, and we knew that the iTX playout platform would surpass our performance requirements."

Each iTX output server is also equipped with graphics capabilities that can be used to enhance channel branding and differentiate individual services.

Westar's core video infrastructure is built around Miranda's NVISION 8280 144 x 144 router with an NV9000 dual controller through which all incoming and outgoing video signals are managed. End-to-end data, sound and video signal transmission is supported throughout by high-performance cables from Belden.

Each baseband ingest feed of satellite-based content is equipped with a Miranda XVP-3901-F or FRS-3901 frame synchroniser processor to manage aspect ratio and control audio levels before they are routed to an ingest server, or to air. File ingest, regardless of workflow, is retained in the media store function of iTX. In addition, Miranda's multichannel EdgeVision monitoring ensures QoE for each channel by enabling Westar operators to accurately see and hear the quality of signals received in viewers' homes.

"Providers of centralised master control services have gained substantial traction due to the demonstrably positive impact they can bring to a content provider's bottom line," said Marco Lopez, Miranda's president. "Miranda's comprehensive product range provides a well-integrated, easy-to-deploy solution for these service providers and a solid platform for potential growth. And, being able to supply cabling from our parent company, Belden, we're able to provide a significant added value."