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CANAL+ digitizes live studio production with Cisco IP fabric for media

  • CANAL+ prepares for the future with an all-IP infrastructure for its media production facility.
  • The Cisco IP Fabric for media solution provides the flexible scaling to support more live studio production and 4K resolutions
  • CANAL+ gains the ability to offer new programs more quickly to customers and affiliates
  • Rapid implementation in four months to bring CANAL+ broadcast studios on-air

CANAL+ Group, the leading provider of premium content and themed networks in France, is transforming its media production infrastructure to an IP foundation to gain the scale, flexibility, and reliability that existing SDI cannot provide. Together with Cisco, CANAL+ is pioneering the digitization of live studio production with IP.

The project features the Cisco® IP Fabric for Media solution, based on Cisco Nexus® 9000 switches and SDN Controllers and Cisco Advanced Services. The new network infrastructure offers CANAL+ the reliability to run live production over IP, scaling to support 12 Tbps of traffic with the agility to rapidly reconfigure production environments, as well as simplified redundancy.


Roadmap for IP Transformation

Cisco offered CANAL+ a practical roadmap for its IP transformation, able to support multiple use cases from studio to remote production as well as 4K compliance from a future-ready platform. The IP Fabric for Media solution offered deployment flexibility with a modular chassis architecture to fit into CANAL+ Groups environmental constraints. Scaling can be achieved equally with a modular chassis approach as a data center architecture for a truly flexible foundation for growth.


“IP transformation is strategically important to CANAL+, and represents a major innovation for live production in Europe.”

“Cisco’s roadmap, architecture flexibility, and support of broadcast vendors, ensured production workflow continuity.”

Ralph Atlan, CTO,  CANAL+ Edition



Broadcast Ecosystem Support

A key attribute of the solution design was the integration and support from broadcast ecosystem partners and systems integrators including Grass Valley and Videlio. Critically important to CANAL+ was the integration and validation with Grass Valley, so that existing operations of Grass Valley systems would work seamlessly across the Cisco IP infrastructure


For more information: Go to www.cisco.com/go/media