CASE STUDY – Multichannel Playout System for MEGOGO
First published on TVB Europe: https://www.tvbeurope.com/media-management/case-study-building-a-multi-channel-playout-system-for-megogo
End-to-End Solution that Scales Fast …
“Cinegy delivered a robust and innovative solution to help us to build our 24/7 sports channels. Our aim is to provide the most reliable and cost-effective technology solution to ensure the best possible video quality for our users, and we are glad to have Cinegy on board as a partner.”
Viacheslav Havrylov, Head of Broadcast MEGOGO
What MEGOGO subscribers want:
- live sports
- exceptional quality
- 24/7 sport channels
- Multi-channel audio
MEGOGO is an international media service, founded in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2011. It is a leader among OTT platforms in Ukraine and one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. Further afield, the service is available in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. A significant part of its catalogue Is also available worldwide.
The media library includes thousands of content items, such as TV channels with interactive features, movies, series and cartoons, as well as games, educational and blogging content, audiobooks, podcasts and radio.
A few years ago, the company decided to bring exclusive sports events, including UEFA, Serie A, La Liga, League 1, TopRank and others to the market, driving its strategy to become a top sports broadcaster, acquiring and delivering more content to the markets where it operates. To achieve this aim, MEGOGO needed the support of a strong technology partner.
MEGOGO was very clear about its responsibilities and the importance of delivering live sport in the best possible quality, with uncompromising reliability. Any technology investment would have to make this a reality.
The initial goal was to provide four 24/7 channels, so MEGOGO needed a vendor and systems integrator to provide an end-to-end solution, including ingest system, monitoring, graphics and more. Following a month of research, speaking to vendors and receiving a series of proof of concepts, the decision was made to go with Cinegy and its partner Engineer Service.
The most important requirement for MEGOGO was to preserve the original quality of the content received from its suppliers and deliver that to its subscribers, via its OTT platform and MBR transcoders, where the quality would be managed adaptively in accordance with HLS and DASH technology.
The idea of using an SDI-based content chain was considered and rejected due to complexity and cost in the very initial stage of the project. As Viacheslav Havrylov, Head of Broadcast at MEGOGO explains, “We asked ourselves what if we would use the original format and methods of delivering, and not introduce additional conversion, using TS via UDP/RTP and SRT protocols. The main challenge was commentating on live sports events, and we managed to find a solution and integrate it with our partners.”
After assessing all the options, MEGOGO realized all the benefits of selecting Cinegy and MPEG2TS (versus SDI) to build its system: the broadcaster would be able to add new features, content and delivery methods in a flexible way. Havrylov adds, “We found that Cinegy was designed intelligently, and each piece of the system fits seamlessly into the others. We have activated most of the products related to multichannel playout, and had a chance to get a feel for the flexibility of the system, which allowed us to work remotely and send our on-air editors directly to the venue.”
Delivery at scale was a massive part of the success of this project, supporting significant growth in the output. As of today, MEGOGO has ten redundant 24/7 UHD channels, and a fully automated multichannel system. The broadcaster has also built a monitoring system and is working on integrating Cinegy Playout with the MEGOGO CDN.
MEGOGO now has a full-scale and complete multichannel solution, offering 4k support through an advanced and cost-effective architecture. “The sky is no longer the limit for us, and we continue to reach further, supporting by our partners Cinegy and Engineer Service,” Havrylov says.
Mike Efimov, international sales manager at Cinegy, adds “This is a great example of how a long-term partnership delivers real results for the end user. MEGOGO has proved a valuable customer for CInegy, and together we have delivered precisely the workflows and functionality they need to delight their audiences.”
The solution created to bring MEGOGO sports content to its viewers is the most advanced in the OTT market for live sports streaming, cementing the broadcaster’s position as a pioneer in UHD streaming in Ukraine.
Cinegy develops software solutions for collaborative workflow encompassing IP, capture, editing, and playout services tools, integrated into an active archive for full digital asset management. Either SaaS, virtualizable stacks, cloud or on-premises, Cinegy is COTS using standard IT hardware, and non-proprietary storage technology. Cinegy products are reliable, affordable, scalable, easily deployable, and intuitive. Cinegy is truly Software Defined Television.
MEGOGO is an international media service founded in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2011. It is a leader among OTT platforms in Ukraine that works in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus. Also, a significant part of its catalog is available worldwide.
MEGOGO’s media library includes thousands of content items, such as TV channels with interactive features, movies, series, and cartoons, as well as games, educational and blogging content, audiobooks, podcasts, and radio. The media service also exclusively broadcasts sports events, such as the Champions League, Europa League, and UEFA Conference League, top national football championships, boxing from K2 and Top Rank, and many others. The production is organized according to the requirements of the rights holders.
MEGOGO is available on Smart TVs, mobile devices, PCs, set-top boxes, and media players. The service offers HDR and 4K videos with audio tracks in different languages. MEGOGO pays special attention to usability and a personalized system of recommendations for users. The media service also dubs content in Ukrainian at its own MEGOGO Voice studio, as well as prepares audio descriptions and sign language translation as part of the social initiative “Look How It’s Heard”.