News: Xite Network Delivers Broadcast Television Programming with AJA Io XT
(April 12, 2012) Amsterdam-based broadcaster Xite delivers music programming and video on-demand via cable and IPTV networks throughout most of Holland and the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium.
Every week, Xite also produces about three hours of original programming including a Friday show that highlights the best performing videos, concert specials, festival reviews, artist interviews, and more, and plans to further expand their content delivery in the future. Despite the volume of programming broadcast, Xite runs a relatively small operation, with a broadcast technology infrastructure that entails a Mac Mini running ToolsOnAir’s software with AJA Video System’s Io XT portable I/O device connected via Thunderbolt with SDI out to deliver the signal.
“With our previous production pipeline, we were using a more traditional setup with storage and play-out software,” said Xite Product Manager Luc Vleugels. “As hard as we tried to make it a cross-media publishing platform, it wasn’t working, so we rebuilt our pipeline from the ground up. Now, we have our own asset management system and can play-out running with just the Mac Mini and Io XT.”
Xite’s relatively small team of 10 employees combined with their portable setup make the broadcaster agile, enabling them to set up pretty much wherever they can connect to a broadcast network. Their flexible technology infrastructure not only takes up a much smaller footprint but connecting a new channel can now be now completed in mere days. “I can fit a broadcast channel in my suitcase with Io XT and a Mac Mini,” continued Vleugels.
“Before switching to Io XT, we were using an Ultrastudio 3D—we were always concerned with the reliability of that device because it would get really hot. After broadcasting for a couple of weeks with the Io XT we noticed several additional improvements, including more precise operation of the internal clock which is really important when we’re having two systems sync to one another and the performance is great, Vleugels said. “We can serve more channel customers and still take up a very small footprint. The Mac Mini and Io XT are combined in a single rackmount and that’s all we need to run our network. Right now, we have two active channels and two redundant systems as backup only taking up four rack units.”
Xite’s software pipeline includes broadcast server solution ToolsOnAir just: Broadcast suite, which easily integrates with Io XT. Their custom built content management system delivers info to well organized folders on the Mac Mini hard drive, which is scheduled via ToolsOnAir on the timeline, and then Io XT sends the signal to the broadcaster. Xite also developed a fully automated Quartz file that generates the now/next/news and promotional graphics on screen.
“ToolsOnAir and the Io XT are really fun to produce with and more importantly, it all just works,” concluded Vleugels.
About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and Desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website http://www.aja.com.
Xite is a fast growing company delivering a complete linear and music video-on-demand (VOD) service on cable and IPTV networks to millions of viewers. With a unique combination of content, technology and cable distribution, Xite is in a pole position in the fast growing VOD market. Xite started broadcasting in The Netherlands in 2008 and in Belgium in 2011. Its headquarters is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.