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.
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.
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