vsn and Ommeon help launch a new UTV channel in India

vsnmulticom at the heart of the Master Control of UTV Movies in Mumbai controls an 8-channel Spectrum server in a fully redundant configuration.

UTV Global Broadcasting Ltd (UGBL), the broadcast arm of UTV Software Communications Ltd, is in the process of launching a bouquet of channels. UGBL is responsible for not only TV channels but also creating a distributing platform for these channels. The latest addition is UTV Movies, a 24-hour Hindi movie channel. Launched on 24th February 2008, it is the only Hindi movie channel in its genre to give importance to viewer opinion, recognizing the Hindi movie viewer as the real star. The channel bases itself on the universal passion for Hindi movies, and promises to be entertaining, mazedaar and bring freshness to Hindi movie viewing on television. With one hit movie everyday, and exclusive access to behind the scenes action, the channel will change the way Hindi movies are watched on television.

UTV decided to trust vsnmulticom as the main tool to manage and automate the Master Control of the new channel. The vsn solution has been installed in a fully redundant architecture and is managing a total of 8 channels (for ingest and playout) of an Omneon Spectrum videoserver, along with a ProBel Sirius router (96×96), a second ProBel Freeway (32-port), an Eyeheight master switcher, one Ross DSK unit and 3 Sony VTRs, among other devices.

The robustness and stability of the previous 2 vsn systems featuring similar configuration at Zoom TV and Star News (both also in India) were key in the process of decision. The integration and commission was awarded to Ideal Systems Asia Pacific.