Date posted: April 1, 2015

ZEPLAY 3.1 also amplifies feature set for improved functionality, price-to-performance ratio

Tightrope Media Systems is announcing a significant price drop to its popular ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay system in advance of the 2015 NAB Show, ensuring an affordable and professional solution for any broadcaster, venue operator, university or mobile production company. In addition to more customer-friendly pricing, an enhanced feature set that includes wider codec support further increases the value proposition for ZEPLAY in live sports production.

At $45K, the new ZEPLAY list price eliminates the burden for budget-conscious customers, yet assures a professional, reliable and feature-rich slo-mo instant replay server that is easy to use, with a quick learning curve. ZEPLAY’s built-in RAID protection and native codec playback ensures the best possible signal integrity during live production. By integrating Avid DNXHD and AVC-Intra codec support – along with improved countdown windows, improved sequence navigation, go to timecode, and more visible content tagging – Tightrope’s strategy ensures the best possible price-to-performance ratio for instant replay.

“ZEPLAY is providing instant replays in stadiums and arenas throughout the country for NBA, NHL and NCAA football and basketball events – not to mention its popularity in outside broadcast trucks,” said Steve Israelsky, vice president of broadcast solutions, Tightrope Media Systems. “By lowering the cost of ZEPLAY, our core customers in the cable TV market, not to mention smaller sports venues, receive the same reliability and features that broadcasters and professional sports leagues enjoy today.”

Tightrope’s ZEPLAY price-drop makes the versatile, feature-rich instant replay server affordable for most budgets in sports production

The ZEPLAY 3.1 release, to be demonstrated at NAB (April 13-16, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C2613), adds the import and export of Avid DNxHD files, as well as import of AVCIntra files, in addition to ZEPLAY’s already robust codec support (ProRes, DVCProHD, MPEG2 I-frame). The incorporation of AVCIntra is especially valuable for production teams shooting scenics in the field. With no transcoding requirements, production staff can quickly plug the camera into ZEPLAY and achieve immediate, native playback.

ZEPLAY 3.1 also simplifies operation through the following value-added features:

  • Tags are prominently displayed on ZEPLAY’s built-in multiviewer to instantly identify live content.
  • Visual countdowns to the end of on-air content, both plays and sequence items.
  • It is now possible to jump to any moment of the action using ZEPLAY’s new Go To Timecode feature.
  • The T-bar can now be enabled automatically when starting ZEPLAY.
  • More visually appealing user interface, with increased speed and functionality while managing the 4×4 (4 ins, 4 outs) replay architecture.

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Date posted: March 4, 2015

Cablecast servers and automation system helps PEG channel cost-efficiently broadcast and stream more than 250 annual government and public affairs meetings

As the public, education and government access (PEG) provider serving the North Dakota cities of Bismarck and Mandan, Dakota Media Access began broadcasting its government access and community media channels in HDTV on February 24, 2015. The transition to HD, which also included new multiplatform delivery for online streaming, was supported through an upgrade to its Tightrope Media Systems Cablecast infrastructure.

The upgrade swapped the existing Tightrope Cablecast SD gear for a fully integrated Cablecast HD infrastructure including broadcast playout servers, Cablecast VOD for video on demand content and Cablecast Live for streaming its content to the web. The Cablecast upgrade additionally includes HD/SD up and down conversion, ensuring that existing SD content can still be incorporated into the program schedule.

The Dakota Media Access team upgraded its Cablecast server and automation platform from Tightrope to enable live and on-demand streaming of its Community TV channels – as well as an HDTV upgrade for traditional broadcasts.

Overall, the upgrade is built on a multiplatform delivery strategy with higher quality content and flexible viewing options to drive audience numbers.

“This HD upgrade is more than a beauty makeover,” said Mary Van Sickle, executive director, Dakota Media Access. “It conveys that our programming is valuable, timely and relevant. In this competitive media marketplace, going HD and offering live and on-demand web content is essential to attracting and retaining viewers. We chose to stay with Tightrope because they offer great technology at an affordable price backed by excellent customer service. Over the years, Tightrope has demonstrated a true understanding of the unique needs of community media and a long-standing dedication to the PEG market.”

The government access channel—which is carried in HD on Channel 602 (and channel 2 for SD) on the Midcontinent Communications cable system—presents 250 live municipal and public affairs meetings that take place in Bismarck and Mandan, and Burleigh and Morton counties, annually. The community access channel programs—produced by Bismarck and Mandan citizens using Dakota Media’s studios—are broadcast in HD on Channel 612 (SD channel 12). The Tightrope Cablecast upgrade includes a dedicated server to automate the delivery of promos, messaging, weather and announcements.

Dakota Media Access has additionally made further upgrades across its acquisition and production systems to attract more community members to its facility. Like many PEG channels nationwide, the facility provides community access to its HD production studios, along with systems training.

“The reality is that the high cost of upgrading to HD is cost-prohibitive for many community media operations nationwide, but we were determined to make it work for the benefit of our local community,” Van Sickle said. “Our successful HD migration—which puts us at the vanguard of PEG operations—is owing to upgrading our infrastructure to an affordable, reliable and user-friendly Cablecast HD workflow from Tightrope Media Systems.”

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Date posted: November 6, 2014

NBA franchise upgrades control room, adds giant LED displays during recent renovation of Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City

The Utah Jazz has a storied history as the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise based in Salt Lake City. To further engage fans attending home games at Energy Solutions Arena, the team is now using Tightrope Media Systems’ ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay solution to trigger multiple angles of exciting game action.

Installed during a recent major renovation of the 19,000-seat arena, ZEPLAY is used during every Utah Jazz home game as well as motocross, monster truck shows, rodeos and other sporting events taking place at the downtown venue.  All replays are displayed on giant YESCO LED display boards inside the arena bowl, which were also part of the renovation project.

A replay operator at Energy Solutions Arena examines multiple camera angles on ZEPLAY’s built-in multiviewer.

A replay operator at Energy Solutions Arena examines multiple video angles on ZEPLAY’s built-in multiviewer in a control room to the side of the arena bowl.

“Game day entertainment is very important to Jazz fans, and seeing instant replays of key game moments is one of their biggest demands,” said Shawn Brown, director of video productions for the Utah Jazz.  While ZEPLAY is recording eight angles of game action (four in, four out), the operator can select and output multiple angles of any replay in just seven frames to accelerate playback.  “Within a second or two following a key play, our ZEPLAY operator can cue and run a multi-angle replay,” explained Brown.  “That’s how fast and easy it is to do.”

Major advertisers sponsor the replays for a particular quarter during home games, making ZEPLAY’s playback reliability exceptionally important.  In the new control room production workflow, ZEPLAY interoperates with Ross switching, graphics and branding systems to display advertiser’s logo in the lower right corner of replays viewed on the LED screens.

“ZEPLAY helps enable this important revenue stream for our operation,” Brown said. “It also contributes to the overall efficiency of our arena show production.”

ZEPLAY includes a dedicated multiviewer to display four (1080i) HD-SDI signals coming from Ikegami cameras strategically positioned above and alongside the basketball court, as well as the four HD-SDI signals it outputs to arena screens.  ZEPLAY’s preview/program video signals also display on a large flat-screen monitor wall at the front of production control to benefit other operators, including the director and technical director.

During its mid-2013 facility renovation, the Utah Jazz placed a massive 4-sided YESCO LED video board above the basketball court and LED ribbon displays around the arena.  They also relocated their old production control room to a new suite with four times the space and upgraded equipment, adding a Ross switcher and graphics systems; and digital content production systems from Click Effects.  ZEPLAY replaced a legacy Leitch replay system that’s no longer supported, enhancing live production possibilities while increasing reliability.

“Our previous system would lock up or crash right in the middle of games, and there was no tech support available anymore,” Brown said.  “So our engineering team researched other replay systems that were on the market and found ZEPLAY to be the ideal fit.  Since installation, it’s been very stable and reliable, and the replays just look awesome on our video boards.”

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Date posted: April 29, 2014

EDINA 16 is Comcast’s first HD PEG channel in Minnesota

Edina Community Channel 16 in Minnesota recently became the state’s first Public Access-Educational-Government (PEG) channel to broadcast in HD on Comcast cable systems, with technology from Tightrope Media Systems supporting the transition and new production workflow.

Run by City of Edina’s Communications and Technology Services Department, the Emmy-Award winning station, known as EDINA 16, produces multiple HD/SD PEG channels.  Content is stored on four Tightrope Cablecast SX server and automation systems, with programs like the biweekly Agenda: Edina news program and Beyond the Badge, a monthly show about public safety in Edina, playing to air according to the station’s schedule.

EDINA 16’s mission is ambitious, featuring live coverage of the City of Edina’s City Council and Planning Commission meetings mixed with news and public affairs programs.  Local residents can access programming on Comcast Channel 813 (HD) and Channel 16 (SD).

“Our Cablecast SX systems are the lynchpin of our operation,” said Scott Denfeld, video production coordinator for Edina Channel 16.  “They enable us to schedule and deliver professional broadcast quality channels with a very lean staff and limited budget.  It allows us to keep our citizens informed and engaged in their local government and community.”

The staff gets a lot of mileage out of their Cablecast systems.  The City of Edina bought two HD and two SD Cablecast SX systems last summer when Comcast decided to entrust them with the public access and educational channels of this franchise’s PEG initiative — known as Southwest Community TV.  Responsibility for government channels within that initiative was assumed by each of the respective municipalities.  However, the nearby community of Eden Prairie asked Edina to produce its local government channel.

The EDINA 16 operation has grown bigger as a result.  In addition to Eden Prairie’s HD government access channel, the staff also produces Public Access Channel 15 and Educational Channel 14 serving five Minneapolis suburban communities — viewable live on their local Comcast cable systems.  Government content produced for EDINA 16 is also available on-demand at The City of Edina’s website and YouTube channel.

Denfeld stresses that all of this expansion would not have been possible without the flexibility and reliability of Cablecast.

“Cablecast’s ease of use and operation includes automation software to schedule live and repeat shows with drag and drop ease, and its Front Door user interface gives us Web-browser based remote monitoring and control of all four Cablecast servers,” Denfeld added.  “With 4 TB of storage and support for popular formats like H.264, MPEG 2/4, QuickTime, AVI, and WMV, we’re able to schedule and playout shows to our broadcast and web outlets in a reliable, streamlined workflow.”

According to Denfeld, Edina’s City Manager Scott Neal and Communications and Technology Services Director Jennifer Bennerotte have “a big creative vision” for this local Public Access/Education/Government initiative.  As Chair of the Southwest Cable Commission, which oversees the franchise area’s PEG programs such as EDINA 16, Neal also played a key role in the selection of the Tightrope Cablecast system and supporting gear.

The four Cablecast systems reside in two seven-foot tall equipment racks in a refurbished storage room in Edina City Hall.  The modest facility includes multiple cameras and a portable video production system with green-screen backdrop that can be set up in the Council Chambers.

“Tightrope’s Cablecast has helped us turn a City Hall storage room into a fully functioning, multi-channel HD/SD broadcast television facility complete with automated scheduling and web-based remote access,” Denfeld said.

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Date posted: April 2, 2014

New Cablecast Reflect service, integration with Open Media Project emphasizes quality of experience for live, on-demand viewers   

Tightrope Media Systems is increasing the quality of experience for local cable access station viewers with new multiplatform streaming solutions to support live and on-demand content, including TV programs and local government meetings.  At the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth, Tightrope Booth C6508), Tightrope will introduce new cloud-streaming solutions and legislative software integration within its Cablecast server and automation products, extending capabilities without increasing workload for station operators.

The new Cablecast Live Reflect and VOD Reflect services automatically populate on-air content to both the central Cablecast server and its associated cloud environment.  Files and streams are automatically stored and subsequently delivered to targeted platforms, including the web and mobile devices.

New cloud streaming features for Cablecast improve bandwidth management for PEG stations and community broadcasters delivering live and on-demand content online

Importantly, Tightrope’s new Cablecast Reflect services help PEG channels and community broadcasters preserve network resources by freeing up bandwidth traditionally used by on-site storage and playout applications.

“By leveraging the cloud, our customers can reallocate bandwidth to other important network needs,” said Steve Israelsky, Broadcast Solutions Lead, Tightrope Media Systems.  “Similarly, our larger broadcast audiences can leverage the Reflect services to free bandwidth for streaming popular live events, where large online viewing audiences are expected.”

Both Reflect services deliver multi-bitrate streams to ensure high-quality playout across every consumer platform.  Broadcasters can additionally set stream quality levels for VOD programs to provide the best possible balance between on-screen content and required network bandwidth resources.

Open Media Project – For Governments

Tightrope has also announced an integration with the Open Media Foundation’s cloud-based, open-standards government webcasting solution. Called Open Media Project for Government (OMP), the software seamlessly integrates with Tightrope’s Cablecast Live, Cablecast VOD, and Cablecast Reflect streaming services.  The integrated solution already has a successful launch at the state and local government levels in Colorado.

The OMP software service includes searchable, integrated session libraries and agendas; and time-stamped, indexed video to quickly access specific bills, issues and other content of interest. Integration with Cablecast servers provides Tightrope’s government and educational customers with a feature rich and affordable solution for covering live public meetings and offering them on demand.

“Tightrope’s customer-friendly approach to content scheduling and playout aligns well with our open-source approach of empowering governments and nonprofits with affordable video-on-demand solutions,” said Tony Shawcross, executive director, Open Media Foundation. “Together, our integrated solution provides easier access to richer content so viewers can more effectively see their governments at work.  Following the successful Colorado project, we’re excited to launch the service nation-wide in partnership with Tightrope.”

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Date posted: February 24, 2014

Slo-mo instant replay system offers school a robust feature set, reliable performance and affordable price point for upgraded control room

GatorVision is the University of Florida athletic department’s broadcast and production initiative, handling live and on-demand event streaming and in-venue, game day coverage as part of its operation. The recently-built control room, located in the College of Journalism and Communications building on campus, houses a full complement of cutting-edge production gear suited to both outside broadcasts and in-venue content.

For in-venue productions, Tightrope Media Systems is helping the GatorVision production team score points with fans at football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastic events.  The control room includes two of its ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay systems to inject added excitement into game day action via multi-angle replays, on-the-fly highlight packages and more.

University of Florida student Neil Zimmerman operates a Tightrope ZEPLAY instant replay unit in the GatorVision control room.

Brad Noblitt, director of engineering for University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, states ease of use and flexibility as two reasons for choosing ZEPLAY over competitive solutions.  Noblitt has assigned a seasoned operator of a well-known instant replay brand to operate the primary system.  That operator simultaneously trains students to run the second ZEPLAY.

“The learning curve on ZEPLAY is not nearly as steep as competing products,” said Noblitt.  “We have a lot of student involvement at GatorVision, being part of the College of Journalism and Communications.  Our primary operator teaches students how to use ZEPLAY keystroke by keystroke.  Within an hour, the student can really understand the concept of the workflow.”

Noblitt also feels that ZEPLAY offers the best price to feature set ratio of slo-mo instant replay systems available.

“This gives us a true four-by-four system,” said Noblitt, referring to its four input and four output configuration.  “ZEPLAY offers a lot of flexibility based on the project size and budget.  We rely heavily on the system for the fan experience, and I am astounded by how quickly we can produce multiple replays.  We can fire off a replay even as our opponent heads back down the basketball court.  It is the meat and potatoes of our system.”

The GatorVision team further benefits from a built-in multiviewer that provides operators with a clear visual tool to monitor the various camera angles.  According to Noblitt, the ZEPLAYS never stop recording, which compel camera operators to keep shooting.  This ultimately creates exceptional value in terms of replay content.

Noblitt adds that the latest software release has simplified how his team can edit, trim and build packages for game highlights.  Additionally, the GatorVision team creates “melts” after every game for later use, with direct playout to our XDCam disc or as an exported .mov file(s).  This highlights the open, non-proprietary nature of ZEPLAY.

These features combined add even more to the educational experience for College of Journalism and Communications students interested in learning the system.

“We can easily set up a simulated game by taking our four camera feeds from the previous game, and using one of our ZEPLAY units to playback the game through our switcher,” he said.  “This helps us teach our students how to direct, how to TD and how to do replays offline.  If there is a problem we can hit stop, discuss what went wrong, back up a few plays and try it a different way.  We built that functionality into GatorVision because it is a teaching facility.  ZEPLAY offers a teaching tool to get students up to speed with true hands-on experience.”

Date posted: November 6, 2013

Portland, Maine’s community television network CTN operates on a modest budget like most non-profit, public access TV stations.  The station delivers on its mission to support, strengthen and enrich the local community with help from a lean, dedicated staff; and a cost-efficient, reliable workflow featuring Tightrope Media Systems server and automation technology.

Viewed locally on Time Warner Cable systems, CTN uses Tightrope Cablecast solutions to support two on-air channels and video-on-demand content at its website.  Originally installed several years ago to simplify scheduling and multichannel playout, the station now automates on-air branding and has enhanced remote access through recent Cablecast upgrades.

CTN5 engineer Bill Blood checks out his Tightrope Cablecast server.

“Cablecast is the core of our ingest and playout operation, as we use it to program both stations and update our website,” said Tom Handel, executive director for CTN.  “But we really like Tightrope’s ability to deliver new updates that enhance the system at very reasonable costs.”

The latest enhancements include a new video overlay feature that integrates channel branding within CTN’s Cablecast SX video servers.  This allows CTN to generate lower corner station bugs and high-quality text crawls to promote upcoming programs.  Selectable fonts and speed, as well as support for background and foreground images, allow CTN staff to customize insertions as needed.

The Cablecast (bottom) and Carousel servers at CTN5

“Our new video overlay feature brings this functionality to many public access and community TV stations for the first time,” said Steve Israelsky, broadcast solutions lead, Tightrope Media Systems.  “Traditionally, channel branding and other video overlay requires transitional downstream keying hardware that is quite expensive and often not within the budgets of these stations.  Our Cablecast customers like CTN can now achieve this functionality with a simple and low-cost software upgrade.”

CTN has also upgraded its Cablecast system to simplify remote access, allowing Handel and other staff members to easily access the servers over the internet.  This enables the CTN staff to make scheduling changes from home, or switch to bulletin board feeds in the event of an after-hours technical problem at the station.  Tightrope’s Carousel digital signage server supports all live on-air bulletin board feeds.

Collectively, these enhancements streamline the workflow at CTN, helping a small staff operate in a very productive manner across all technical phases.

“The drag and drop nature of Cablecast already makes the system easy to operate when it comes to media ingest, scheduling and playout, but the ongoing enhancements have helped us better manage operations against budget-related staff cuts,” said Handel.  “We are saving about 20 hours a week in labor.”

Date posted: January 28, 2013

Compact, integrated platform increases channel counts, reliability, storage options and more for ingest and playout operations

Harris Broadcast introduces its next-generation, software-based NEXIO Volt™ server, addressing customer needs for higher channel counts in a compact form factor, while increasing options for robust media storage.  Now shipping, the company will publicly unveil the new server at the CABSAT 2013 show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, taking place March 12-14 at the Dubai World Trade Center (Booth C7-10); and the 2013 NAB Show, taking place April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth N2502).

Leveraging the latest processor, storage and connectivity technology, the new NEXIO Volt server platform, like its predecessor, offers a 1RU package with low operating costs and high levels of resilience and reliability.  However, it doubles the number of available record ports with four bi-directional HD channels (up to eight SD), and offers exceptional overall channel density for ingest and playout operations.  Its software-based codecs and software license keying provide flexibility, including custom features and capabilities to suit users’ exacting needs.

The available automatic generation of low-resolution images during ingest provides other benefits for ingest-heavy media workflows, such as news, for low-resolution viewing, editing and conforming to high-resolution video for playout.  It is also suited for bandwidth-efficient monitoring and digital asset management environments, where automatically producing low-resolution content eliminates the need to create it later — minimizing labor and removing transcoders.

Harris Broadcast also expands media storage options with the new NEXIO Volt, offering an integrated storage model; plus direct connections to Harris® NEXIO Farad™ systems for shared storage configurations via Gigabit Ethernet or optional fiber channel interfaces.  Redundant connections for both options maximize system resiliency and availability, while giving all channels instant access to all available content.

Customers can initially use internal storage and scale to shared storage systems using Harris’ unique NEXIO Farad in cost-effective RAID-60 or highly scalable RAID-601 versions.  The latter software-based RAID protection scheme enables users to expand shared storage bandwidth and capacity, and integrate with additional NEXIO® servers, Harris® Velocity™ editors and third-party editing systems.  Furthermore, customers can integrate NEXIO Volt servers with Harris® Versio™ integrated playout systems via file interchange or connection to the same shared storage system, blending standard ingest and playout applications with channel-in-a-box operations.

Additional benefits include 3Gb/s-capability for compliance with high-bandwidth facility upgrades; multi-lingual audio support; and back-to-back native playback of multiple codecs in any order, including MPEG-2, DV25/50/100, H.264, DNxHD and AVC-Intra.

“The marriage of highly integrated IT platforms with Harris’ proven NEXIO software allows us to deliver the real-world operational benefits that our customers need today and into the future — notably increased channel density, higher reliability, forward-looking compatibility, and better connectivity across the media workflow,” said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast.

Date posted: August 7, 2012

Company boosts speed, performance benefits for existing platform and reduces cost of entry for shared broadcast storage

As IBC 2012 approaches, Harris Broadcast Communications establishes a common shared storage platform that adds a significant 50% bandwidth improvement to its NEXIO Farad™ online storage solution — and introduces a second storage protection scheme with a lower cost of entry.

The expanded configurations build on the early global success of NEXIO Farad, allowing broadcasters and media organizations to work quicker and build the storage environment they need today — with simple expansion to fit future business needs.  The configurations serve customers who need anywhere from 8TB to half a petabyte of online shared storage, essentially solving the storage challenges of any broadcaster through a single, common platform.

Harris is increasing performance of its initial Farad release and introducing a second storage protection scheme for broadcasters with lighter requirements

Harris will demonstrate NEXIO Farad at the show, taking place from September 7-11 at the RAI Exhibition Center in Amsterdam (Stand 7.G20).

“Many of our customers are scaling their storage applications from simpler workstation philosophies to enterprise-level strategies that support future growth,” said Paul Eisner, vice president, engineering and product line management, Harris Broadcast Communications.  “Harris is consolidating its storage platform so customers can choose a single product that scales from the smallest to the largest requirements, including a new entry-level protection scheme that is typically the high-end solution for similar products on the market.”

All NEXIO Farad storage configurations feature RAID (redundant array of independent disks) technology to combine multiple hard drives into logical units for the most efficient system performance.  Harris NEXIO Farad with RAID-601 storage protection is ideal for large-scale ingest, editing and playout applications for production, sports, news and live events.

The new bandwidth enhancements to NEXIO Farad with RAID-601 multiply performance benefits while retaining the resiliency and high system availability afforded through Harris’ patented Intrinsic Mirroring technology.  Intrinsic Mirroring, an integral part of NEXIO Farad with RAID-601 configurations, maximizes system redundancy by protecting content across two identical storage area networks — eliminating manual processes to back up data and minimizing on-air disruptions.

The new NEXIO Farad configuration provides industry-accepted RAID-60 technology that combines robust RAID-6 data protection and RAID-0 file “striping” that linearly increases bandwidth as users add storage arrays.  It offers very high value to customers seeking to add storage capacity, improve ingest-to-air time and reduce their hardware footprint in small-to-medium sized operations.

Visitors to the stand can see NEXIO Farad in use with Harris NEXIO® servers, Velocity™ editors and other Harris workflow solutions.

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Date posted: June 20, 2012

Outdoor Channel, America’s Leader In Outdoor TV, has upgraded its existing Harris server and storage solution to create new ingest and playout efficiencies while maximizing on-air content protection.

The upgrade, which went live this month, includes a new Harris® NEXIO Farad™ high-volume online storage solution to replace its legacy Harris system.  The transition also expedites the ingest process by allowing Outdoor Channel personnel to natively ingest all SD and HD programs.

NEXIO Farad, introduced in 2011, supports the higher bandwidth and storage needs for larger scale production applications — including ingest, editing and playout for production, sports, news and live events.  Benefits include flexible capacity and bandwidth for storage growth, high availability for failsafe, continuous operations, and collaboration across facilities for shared access in fast-turnaround environments — vastly reducing time to air.

The transition also minimizes rack space and file storage requirements by eliminating the need to create and store separate SD and HD files on different storage systems.  Harris® NEXIO AMP® video servers play content directly from Farad shared storage and automatically upconvert or downconvert SD and HD content as required for the desired play-to-air format.

Moreover, content protection is maximized through Harris® Intrinsic Mirroring™, a unique, patented Harris technology that mirrors content within Farad RAID-601 storage during the ingest process.  All servers have fully redundant connections to the Farad shared storage, which ensures channels remain on the air if there is a cabling or related fault.

The ultimate benefit for Outdoor Channel is that the solution provides sharable and scalable storage throughout the entire content lifecycle, while offering the highest levels of digital asset protection.

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