Digigram’s ‘AQORD *LINK’ Streams Swiss Parliament

Broadcasters tap a cost-effective solution to provide coverage of parliamentary sessions
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Broadcaster La Télé is using Digigram’s AQORD *LINK video encoder/transcoder to stream coverage of sessions of the Swiss Parliament from the Federal Palace in Bern to the main La Télé studio in Lausanne and to the TeleTicino studio in Lugano.

In addition, the AQORD *LINK will soon stream those parliamentary sessions to the television channel Canal 9 in Sierre, Switzerland.

The AQORD *LINK system gives those publicly funded regional broadcasters a cost-effective new solution for providing coverage of parliamentary sessions and, in turn, fulfills their obligations as members of the Telesuisse association (an organization comprised of 18 regional television companies).

“Digigram's AQORD *LINK gives our coverage excellent picture quality with no dropped frames, and it is very robust in its operation,” says François Vittoz, La Télé’s technical head. “The ease of use that the AQORD ensures through its predefined profiles, as well as its interoperability with equipment from other vendors, were key to our purchase decision,” he said. “The company’s technology provided exactly the solution we required and Digigram was able to meet the very short project deadlines we had for setting up the infrastructure.”

AQORD *LINK units installed at Bern, and at the headends of each receiving broadcaster, encode and decode live streams from the Swiss Parliament, and their built-in recording capacity allows for scheduling flexibility, Digigram says. Through that solution, La Télé, TeleTicino, and other regional broadcasters are able to use the direct feed from Bern to provide coverage to all parts of the country, the firm says.

Digigram says it has optimized AQORD *LINK for content contribution of live events to the studio; contribution from studio to studio or studio to transmitter; or delivery to a content distribution network. Encompassing the functions of a broadcast-quality encoder, decoder and transcoder, AQORD *LINK operates at video data rates from 0.5 to 20 megabytes per second with input/output to Internet protocol (IP) stream, internal hard drive and serial digital interface (SDI). Three Gigabit Ethernet real-time transport protocol (RTP)-user datagram protocol (UDP)/IP ports transmit and receive streams in either unicast or multicast, enabling flexibility for broadcasters, telcos, and contribution operators.

“It was important to deliver a solution for the Swiss Parliament that allowed for flexibility and easy scaling when more broadcasters require a feed from Bern,” said Laurent Gros, Digigram’s product manager video.