Azzurro Systems Integration completed a multiphase engineering project to enable High Definition playout direct from the server for two existing services, DIY Network and fine Living Network, and future Scripps Networks programming services at the company’s Knoxville, TN playout facility. In addition to DIY and Fine Living, the popular content channels include the Food Network, HGTV, Great American Country and Travel Channel.
Azzurro designed and installed fully redundant HD signal paths for each of the existing networks – plus future HD/SD program streams, some of which are to be used for the Travel Channel playout – in parallel with the existing playout systems. In addition, new Miranda Vertigo branding, Evertz master control switchers, fiber cards, SCTE 104 data embedders and signal processing were integrated into the workflow. The facility’s Grass Valley router capacity was upgraded from 128×128 to 256×256, and the Omneon video server system was given increased storage capacity and supplementary HD playout ports. Additional Omnibus Colossus playout channels were added to support the new infrastructure.
The project also included the design and installation of a new fail over control system using the DNF GTP-32 solution. This allowed either of the two master control rooms to control the changeover of any of the 17 playout paths. The entire project upgrade was accomplished seamlessly and with no disruption to any on-air content.