MLB bats out HDTV network expansion with Miranda

Editor | 05-03-2014

TV broadcast production, playout and delivery systems provider Miranda Technologies has announced the completion of a major router expansion at MLB Network, Major League Baseball's cable TV network.

MLB Network's file-based HD production and distribution facility houses what is claimed to be one of the world's most modern IT-based infrastructures and associated digital file-based workflows. The facility as the HDTV production and broadcast centre for MLB Network and provides MLB Productions with the ability to meet what are described as 'immense' post production and archival needs.

The expansion of the network includes the deployment of Miranda's NVISION routing solution with fibre interconnectivity throughout the production workflow. As part of its requirement to manage a greater amount of content moving forward, and upgrade the facility to 3 Gb/s, MLB Network deployed additional NVISION 8500 Series routers, equipped with fibre optic connectivity, to its workflow that was already managed with NVISION routing. The expanded system now includes two NVISION 8576 (576 x 1152) and one NVISION 8280 (288 x 576), with fibre tie lines.

Outlining what the expansion has meant for his organisation, Mark Haden, VP, engineering and IT at MLB Network, said: "When our all-HD facility first went live in January of 2009, our infrastructure was supported at the core with a Miranda NVISION 8576 router. It served not only as the fulcrum of our production environment, but master control and all broadcast elements. At the time we thought we'd never need another router, but rapid expansion meant that we found ourselves needing more sources and destinations than we ever could have imagined. The most important thing to us is that we didn't have to decommission the 8576 we simply added another one. We're still using the original router ... [the devices] grew and scaled, matching our growth."

The original NVISION 8576 now serves MLB Network's operations functions while the new NVISION 8576 is dedicated to production. Both are linked via Miranda fibre optic, bidirectional tie lines, including a third NVISION 8280 router that now sits at the heart of the network's distribution function. The direct lines of fibre connectivity that link MLB Productions and MLB Network via NVISION routers see use in streamlining the ability to move, manipulate and manage high quality content between the two.

"The amount of content and metadata associated with all of the baseball games we ingest, catalogue and broadcast is immense, so reliability and expandability are crucial," added Haden. "The [new] routers deliver system resilience, simplify signal management and provide far lower return losses through high-density connectors, audio concentrators and direct fibre connectivity."