Bringing Your IP Broadcast Vision to Life

IP Video routing has taken ahold of the Broadcasting industry in Canada. In 2018 there was a massive push to convert existing SDI infrastructures and workflows into uncompressed video over IP. With the majority of broadcasters looking to dive in headfirst with 2110. Unity alone completed three IP Video routing projects in 2018!

The design for Rogers new flagship NMOC facility started in earnest in 2017 and fully launched in August of 2018. Rogers has embraced the move to IP by consolidating all of their broadcasting properties into one central location. This was made possible by utilizing an uncompressed ST 2110 video routing infrastructure and moving away from traditional SDI workflows.

Rogers engaged Unity Systems early on in the design of the new facility to take advantage of their wealth of network and broadcast systems knowledge so that the implementation of the new facility would be carried out as smoothly as possible. Unity took on the design from the consulting level, looking at new ways to implement IP broadcast and hybrid IP-SDI systems and continued through the design-build of the facility.

Unity continued to expand on its IP routing design knowledge base by upgrading one of Dome Production’s mobile production trailers (Spring) later that year. The mobile was built using dual ST 2110 IP core routers and employing seamless protection switching.

At the same time Unity worked on a smaller scale IP project for TVO in Toronto, to replace their existing SDI Production Switcher with a 2110 routing system. This system was cutting edge from a technological standpoint and cost-effective financially. By utilizing Arista switches loaded with Embrionix SFPs, the IP-SDI gateway was pushed right back to the switch, allowing for more flexibility all while maintaining operational familiarity.

The Unity Engineering team is always looking to upgrade our skills and experience to serve our clients better.  By getting involved in leading and bleeding edge technologies including IP, UHD and AI, Unity is poised perfectly to help out with whatever project you have in mind!

Inside the NHL’s Situation Room

From production to the transmission, Unity Systems has played a significant role in each Canadian NHL game that goes to air on a given night.

Unity has integrated each Dome Productions mobile that is responsible for broadcasting NHL games in Canada. Those signals are then either brought into Rogers via the newly built Roger Advanced Media Platform (RAMP), which Unity helped launch in the summer of 2018, or, in the case of 4K NHL games, they are transmitted directly to Rogers OMP and received by the Rogers SN 4K MCR (also designed and built by Unity Systems).

Another aspect of the broadcast that Unity has enjoyed being a part of is the behind-the-scenes activity at NHL headquarters in Toronto, ON. Unity has been working with the NHL for years as their preferred Integration firm. One such project was the NHL’s Situation Room, which makes the final decision on all officiating reviews across the league.

Here is an article detailing some of what goes on behind-the-scenes:

Also a video from Fox Sports on the operations at NHL HQ: