German television broadcaster ZDF has transferred the playout of 3sat to Pebble Beach Systems’ Marina control. The 3sat channel is a collaboration between ZDF, ARD, ORF and SRG, and broadcasts from Mainz to serve German-speaking audiences across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This is the second channel at ZDF to be transferred to Marina control, and ZDF and Pebble Beach Systems will continue to work together as the project evolves, with ZDFneo and ZDFinfo channels scheduled to come under the control of Marina automation in the coming months.
“We are delighted to have reached this very important milestone and very much look forward to completing the remaining phase of the project to the full satisfaction of ZDF, one of the leading broadcasters in the world,” said Pebble Beach Systems’ managing director, Peter Hajittofi. “When completed, the installation at ZDF will incorporate approximately 40 operator positions that require controlled access across multiple systems, which is easily accommodated by Marina’s distributed architecture. Marina provides a robust platform to support the most demanding requirements and is an ideal fit for state broadcasters such as ZDF.”
The 3sat installation features Nexio servers under VDCP and API control, nearline attached storage from Isilon, Evertz EMC switchers and keyers, router control via BFE and logos, subtitling and graphics from Miranda, FAB and Viz. In addition, Marina is controlling Sony and Panasonic VTRs for ingest and playout, and other sundry devices via Pebble Beach Systems’ own generic driver.