Bayern Broadcast Tech Firm Goes To ‘VENICE’


AMSTERDAM — A Munich-based broadcast technology company has unveiled what it calls “a new approach to live ingest, media processing and channel playout that cost-effectively provides bridging technology between hybrid SDI and IP broadcast operations.”

Designated R&S VENICE, the software-based media processing and distribution platform is designed for use as a channel playout solution in 24/7 operation applications within medium and large-scale broadcasters.

“The integration of Rohde & Schwarz’s proprietary virtual storage access technology ensures reliable on-air operations even in the most mission critical applications,” the company said.

Exhibited for the first time worldwide at IBC2017 here in the Dutch capital, the new generation of R&S VENICE media server “represents a radically different approach to media processing and channel playout within transformational broadcast environments,” R&S notes. “It enables immediate application within existing SDI baseband architectures whilst also future-proofing them by offering the flexibility and sustainability of IP-based broadcast infrastructure and workflows.”

Rohde & Schwarz developed R&S VENICE with interoperability in mind. “The company is committed to using open standards that offer new features, functionality and services rather than being locked in devices and products,” it says.

R&S VENICE allows communication and integration via the framework for interoperable media services (FIMS) standard. Also, incorporating open standards rather than proprietary APIs grants interoperability with a wide range of third-party vendor equipment.

Michael Hackl, Product Management for File-based Media Solutions at Rohde & Schwarz, said, “An open communication standard such as FIMS is an absolute requirement in today’s multi-vendor broadcast environment, by using IT and internet friendly communications technology we have developed R&S VENICE into a production and channel playout platform that is open to adoption and integration with the broadest range of media companies and industry suppliers.”