MNET, South Africa

MNET, South Africa

Electronic Media Network Limited (MNET), South Africa's first private subscription television service, has installed Marquis' Medway media transfer and format conversion software as an integral part of its broadcast workflow. The new software, supplied and installed by Spescom, enables media files to move seamlessly between a range of systems used for the post-production and play-to-air of Supersport, MNET's HD sports channel. Medway enables MNET to eliminate difficulties that had previously arisen when media files passed from one system to another.


Established in 1998, MNET is now one of Africa's largest broadcasters, providing general entertainment and specialist channels to over 1,230,000 subscribers in 41 countries across the African continent. MNET has extensive production facilities and is an important investor in local productions. Its mission is to create the best television entertainment in Africa and beyond. With this in mind, it has invested in 'best of breed' technology and is proud of its world-class productions and broadcasting services, including HD channels and HD post-production workflows.

Supersport is a 24/7 channel covering all of the major African sporting events, not to mention the FIFA 2010 World Cup. The production-broadcast chain has to be efficient, reliable and capable of working to full capacity at any time. The channel is HD-based from capture through to playout - much of which takes place in three of MNET's five studios located in Broadcast Centre in Randburg, South Africa. MNET invested in an Omneon Spectrum media server and Omneon MediaGrid Active Storage System for the channel and had originally been transferring media files between MediaGrid and a pool Avid editing systems and onwards to a SeaChange playout system for transmission. However, before purchasing Medway, they had been experiencing delays with the transfer of media files between the Avid systems and the Omneon servers which although workable, was slowing down the workflow and necessitating a degree of manual intervention. The problem was solved immediately with the Medway software which works by wrapping media files and all associated metadata, thereby allowing the files to flow smoothly between MediaGrid and the Avid editing systems. Additionally, Marquis worked with MNET to extend its workflow to include an Ardome MAM system. Media files are now able to move between the systems at full network speed without the worry of file incompatibilities creeping into day to day operations.

Medway was supplied to MNET and integrated into the Supersport workflow by Jasco, Marquis' business partner for South Africa.

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