SBS taps Harris to provide servers for Asian Games coverage

Seoul Broadcasting System has selected Harris Corporation’s NEXIO XS HD/SD shared storage transmission server system for use in coverage of the 2006 Doha Asian Games that will be held in Doha, Qatar, from Dec. 1-15.

The 2006 Doha Asian Games will mark the first time SBS will use a server-based production system to broadcast a live event. The system configuration includes six NEXIO XS servers with 36 channels 12 for ingest and 24 for playout and two VelocityNX full-featured HD/SD promotions craft editors. Integrated into the NEXIO SAN, VelocityNX enables editing of native HD and SD content (both 720p and 1080i) directly from the NEXIO shared storage architecture.
At the 2006 Doha Asian Games, the NEXIO XS system will be used for ingest and recording of major clips of sports events, which will later be extracted and trimmed for sports highlights. Editors will use VelocityNX to access live recording almost immediately and begin editing highlights or trimming events into a format ready for broadcasting.

“SBS needed a server-based production system that would provide flexibility, stability and reliability so we could be confident that our broadcast of the games in Doha would be of the highest quality,” says Choi Sangdam, managing director of broadcast engineering for SBS.
The NEXIO XS system will run in PAL SD for the 2006 Doha Asian Games. Upon conclusion of the 2006 Doha Asian Games, the NEXIO XS system will be used by the SBS facility in Seoul to broadcast HD programming.