ATG Broadcast Completes New Diverse Broadcast Centre For Astro

ATG Broadcast, a leading international systems integrator, has completed a new 65 channel Broadcast Centre in Cyberjaya, Malaysia for ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS plc (“ASTRO”).

ATG designed, installed and commissioned the Broadcast Management system comprising, Satellite downlinking and incoming lines area, Tape ingest, compliance editing and versioning area, Multi-channel transmission area, Reactive transmission suites and voice-over booths and Master control room.

All technical furniture has been provided by ATG’s sister company, Custom Consoles.

ATG also hosted and managed a pilot project in the UK for the file-based media management system integral to the Cyberjaya Broadcast Centre project. Complex workflows originated in the broadcast management system are passed to Omnibus workflow managers. Omnibus then controls multiple Quantel ingest and production servers, Omneon transmission servers and a DIVArchive/Storagetek archive system to deliver the required automated media processing.

ASTRO will now split its broadcasting operation between Cyberjaya and its current operation at the All Asia Broadcast Centre (AABC) in Kuala Lumpur, 25 km north of Cyberjaya. The AABC will shortly be upgraded to match the Cyberjaya facilities. This will enable both sites to operate as a single integrated tapeless broadcast facility and to mirror media storage between the two sites using a high capacity inter-site data link.

ATG chose local broadcast systems integrator Digistar Corporation to deliver the project. ATG provided engineering design and project management with Digistar providing local engineering, test and installation expertise.

Graham Stephens, ASTRO CTO, comments: “ATG were chosen for their track record in delivering large-scale file based transmission systems in Europe and their understanding of the associated complex networking requirements. They have proved very valuable in assisting ASTRO to specify and design a fully-scalable, non-blocking, multi-site system architecture. We were also pleased that ATG felt confident enough in a locally-based integrator to use them to deliver significant installation, test and commissioning services in this world-class and leading-edge multichannel broadcasting facility. Both companies worked closely together to deliver the project in a very challenging timeframe.”

Alan Pimm, ATG Broadcast Sales Director comments: “We are delighted that ASTRO chose us for this key project in the Asia-Pacific region. Our clear technical understanding of ASTRO’s requirements has enabled us to propose a system that comprehensively meets ASTRO’s initial requirements and is easily scalable to meet future demands.”

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