IP-based playout and multiviewer facilities support RTL’s new OTT platform

Pinoeering German broadcaster RTL II created a fully IP-based playout facility for its new OTT channel, including a monitoring and multiviewer solution supplied by Rohde & Schwarz.

RTL II OTT facilities
RTL II OTT facilities

Rohde & Schwarz has announced the successful completion of a project at RTL II that sees its R&S PRISMON IP-based platform provide comprehensive AV content monitoring and multiviewer facilities on a new and radically different OTT cannel playout.

The broadcaster has a progressive approach to enabling technologies and is happy to pioneer the adoption of the latest IP-based technologies. By Integrating R&S PRISMON within a Nevion VideoIPath SMPTE 2022-7 video routing system and a HMS channel-in-a-box server, RTL II can playout a linear content stream with commercial spots delivered by an internet-based ad server. The stream can be viewed on iOS and Android devices as well as on Fire TV and browsers. The App enables time-shift and direct access to RTL II’s VOD section.

For the first time RTL II’s OTT channel playout and monitoring is to be entirely IP-based: R&S PRISMON supports 2022-7 signals as well as OTT and TSoIP streams, such as UDP and HLS. This facility means that as RTL II expands its OTT services, its staff can monitor and control a range of broadcast signals and internet streams on the same device without any external converters. This helps RTL II to ensure that all its media outputs – both broadcast and OTT – are high quality. In the event of R&S PRISMON detecting an error in the main channel, it is easy for the broadcaster to switch to a back-up playout server.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. January 29, 2018.