24/7 pan-African news network Africa 24 has installed the Stingray channel-in-a-box solution from Pebble Beach Systems, in its Paris transmission centre.
The French-language channel aims to provide editorially independent and balanced coverage of the continent. It broadcasts to a core audience of viewers from Sub-Saharan Africa, and is also available via satellite to subscribers in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.
Stingray leverages Pebble Beach Systems’ automation and integrated channel technology to deliver a full HD ingest and playout channel-in-a-box solution for systems of up to six channels. In addition to hosting clip-based channels, it is designed to handle complex reactive channels featuring live content, late-breaking changes and dynamic schedules.
Africa 24’s single channel fully redundant Stingray system integrates into its existing technical infrastructure, offering automatic media movement from the current media SAN. Stingray’s native 2D Flash graphics playout capability is deployed to deliver graphics which are updated when breaking stories arrive, and the solution’s audio and DVE functionality are used to generate transitions between news segments.
“When the service providers for our backup channel moved location, we elected to migrate the management of both main and backup channels to our own technology in-house,” explained Yacine Barro, executive director, Africa24. “We are a new broadcaster and are still growing, so a key priority was to find a solution that could evolve with us. We evaluated all the big name channel-in-a-box solutions, and Stingray was the most open and scalable, offering the greatest potential to add more channels and language variants.”