Televisa Enhances Support Systems for the Long Run With Harmonic

Harmonic Spectrum Media Server Systems supports Televisa's evolving multiformat production and playout environment.

Looking for streamlined shared storage and playout

As a broadcast master control center handling four broadcast networks, the Televisa facility has constantly evolving requirements. So, no sooner were the original Spectrum servers installed, with MediaGrid for storage and in-place editing, than Televisa decided to change its institutional video format from MPEG-2 Long-GOP to DVCPRO50.
One of the key Spectrum capabilities that influenced Televisa’s buying decision was, of course, the very wide range of formats it was able to support —providing the network with a flexible, future-proof multiformat environment.

LOOKING FOR STREAMLINED SHARED STORAGE AND PLAYOUT

As a broadcast master control center handling four broadcast networks, the Televisa facility has constantly evolving requirements. So, no sooner were the original Spectrum servers installed, with MediaGrid for storage and in-place editing, than Televisa decided to change its institutional video format from MPEG-2 Long-GOP to DVCPRO50.
One of the key Spectrum capabilities that influenced Televisa’s buying decision was, of course, the very wide range of formats it was able to support —providing the network with a flexible, future-proof multiformat environment.
The Play-by-Play

Harmonic has provided Televisa with Spectrum™ media server systems and Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage systems to support an evolving and expanding multiformat production and playout environment. Enabling a rapid, flexible edit-in-place workflow, the MediaGrid storage systems have introduced significant efficiencies to Televisa’s production workflow.

As Televisa has moved increasingly toward HD production, the Spectrum systems’ integrated processing capabilities have simplified and streamlined the company’s storage and playout of multiformat content while maintaining the quality of audio and video throughout the workflow.

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the tennis channel gets results

The tapeless environment enabled by Harmonic Spectrum and MediaGrid systems has had a major impact on the workflow at Televisa, not just for the master control but for everyone involved with preparing content for broadcast.
“Previously, we needed to edit on tape, which is quite complicated,” says Medina. “Now this is all on a single file stored on our MAM. Before, we needed to run basically two transmissions, one in SD and on in HD. Now most of the material is HD, and where we do need SD, we’re using Harmonic MediaPort to downconvert it.”
Over the years, Televisa had multiple opportunities to buy new media servers and storage from a vendor other than Harmonic, but the company didn’t. Medina explains why: “We’re happy with the Harmonic equipment, as well as the service we receive from Harmonic and AMTEC. We also appreciate that Harmonic continues to improve the equipment and has brought in new functionality that meets our requirements for growth and our future needs.”

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the results

“I’d say that we’ve achieved much more efficiency with the entire process,” Cosio adds. “The overall workflow is much more rapid. We’ve been able to maintain much higher quality because we have one file that can be used repeatedly with no degradation of quality along the way.”

Jorge Cosio | Technical Manager, Televisa Broadcast Center

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