MEMBERS NEWS published on 26 Aug 2013 • Department / Unit Technology & Innovation Communications

Eurovision rewrites the rules with pioneering 'Hypermux' solution

Hypermux increases Eurovision's satellite transponder capacity by 50 per cent. (EBU)

Eurovision has launched the largest, most advanced contribution multiplex platform as a future-proof upgrade to its global satellite network.

"Hypermux", which went live in the Asia and Americas segments of the Eurovision network on Tuesday, is a unique, EBU-designed solution that significantly boosts network efficiency, flexibility and security. Eurovision is due to roll out Hypermux to the European footprint of the network in the coming months.

As the world’s premier distributor of live sports and news content, Eurovision constantly seeks new technology that delivers a superior performance.

Delivered in just three months, Hypermux substantially increases the transmission capacity of Eurovision’s satellite transponders in these regions by more than 50 per cent, while flexibly handling a wide array of video and data feeds.

EBU Network Director Graham Warren said Hypermux is far ahead of any other multiplex solution in today’s satellite broadcast industry, and would benefit all Eurovision network stakeholders.

“Not only does Hypermux increase the amount of content we can carry, but it does so in a more efficient and secure way,” he said. “Hypermux is also more resistant to satellite interference, and it simplifies the set-up arrangements for the customer while handling all types of video and data."

Project Architect, Puiu Dolea, said: “Hypermux is an extremely versatile platform able to simultaneously handle both data transmissions and video, from SD to 4K. It can seamlessly adapt at very short notice to changing client requirements, and yet it is much easier to operate."

Hypermux will also benefit from Eurovision's extensive disaster recovery capabilities, with fully backed up hub facilities in various locations.