Rogers Sportsnet doubles its Enterprise sQ system for NHL coverage

Leading Canadian sports media broadcaster expands its Quantel system and delivers on time for National Hockey League coverage

Canada’s leading sports media broadcaster, Rogers Sportsnet, has doubled the size of its Quantel Enterprise sQ fast-turnaround news and sports system to handle its growing workflow after acquiring the exclusive national rights to NHL coverage for the next 12 years. Sportsnet consists of four regional channels and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World. The Quantel system, installed at The Rogers Building in downtown Toronto also covers baseball, basketball, American Football and soccer.

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The huge system now supports a total of 72 ingest ports, 56 playout ports and 350 editing seats. At the heart of the system is 7500 hours of online storage on sQ servers. Sportsnet has also expanded its QTube global workflow system allowing its remote editors to access and edit content stored on its central Toronto-based Enterprise sQ system wherever they are located.

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Frank Bruno, Vice President Broadcasting Engineering, Rogers Media Inc., said, “Quantel were able to maintain our fast-to-air workflows, double our system size and deliver the project completely in time for our launch date – all while keeping our existing system on air. The system was built, installed, tested and on air within a month, all to plan – a fantastic effort from the Sportsnet and Quantel team!”

About Quantel
Quantel is a world-leading developer of innovative, high performance content creation and delivery systems for News & Sports production and high quality Post. Quantel fast-turnaround production systems give broadcasters the creative, productive and flexible workflows they need to stay ahead in today’s competitive global media market. Quantel’s post production systems deliver the quality, resolution and performance post houses need to capture high margin, high value work.
Also part of the Quantel Group is Snell, a world leader in enabling broadcasters and media organizations to process and manage their valuable media content. Snell’s expertise empowers customers to achieve greater efficiencies and increase revenue while delivering their content to multiple distribution platforms. Snell TV Everywhere and Live TV products bring tangible benefits throughout the production chain.

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