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Reuters switches on IP television system

Arif Mohamed

Reuters has followed up the summer roll out of a voice over IP network at its Canary Wharf headquarters with the ability to stream TV to more than 250 displays and 2,500 desktops.

The business information and news provider has installed plug and play broadcast TV-to-IP network distribution gateways from audio-visual networking supplier Exterity. It can now stream 60 digital satellite, terrestrial and internally produced channels across its converged voice/data network.

Reuters uses Windows Media Player as its viewer, with a multicast plug-in developed by Exterity.

The deployment is one of the UK's largest corporate IPTV systems. It replaces Reuters' expensive coaxial system, which often had quality degradation issues, said Matt Hassock, Reuters' technical operations manager.

"It was a leap of faith to know that we could move from our traditional method of TV distribution to IPTV. The impetus to change completely over to IPTV was led by the board, influenced by senior IT staff," said Hassock.

He added that the start-up costs of the IP system were greater than cable, but IP quickly becomes a much cheaper and more flexible system.

Colin Farquhar, chief executive at Exterity, said many organisations were reluctant to put video onto their network because of what they perceived as a "bandwidth black hole". But the more widespread use of Gigabit Ethernet networks meant that 4mbps video was no longer an issue, said Farquhar.

 


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