The channel playout infrastructure at Antenna Cyprus has been upgraded with the installation of a Spectrum media server system at its Nicosia broadcast facility. Supporting file-based operations, the Harmonic solution aims to make processes more efficient, from ingest to editing to archive and to help make the transition to HD playout easier.
"We chose to upgrade to the Spectrum media server system because of its excellent reputation, as well as its robust capabilities and simple scalability," said Michael Dallas, technical director at Antenna Cyprus. "The server system enables us to accept and work with a variety of file types, which is increasingly important as more and more content from commercials to sports coverage is being delivered to our facilities via file transfer. The ease with which we can move files around our facility has brought realtime savings to our operations. As we look toward HD playout and the launch of additional channels, we're confident the Harmonic system will best support fast and cost-effective expansion."
The Spectrum media server system comprised of MediaDirector server controllers, MediaPort realtime video encoder/decoders, and MediaStore storage arrays. It features format and wrapper support, with open networking protocols that enable direct access to content by any file-based media application. This allows Antenna Cyprus to ingest file-based content, transfer media to the Avid Media Composer for editing and playout programming and commercials.
"As the established market leader in media servers, Spectrum is the ideal platform for streamlining media production and broadcast operations, and implementing file-based workflows," said Liron Nitzan, regional sales manager for Cyprus at Harmonic. "The modular architecture of the Spectrum system enables broadcasters to realise efficient tapeless television operations while maintaining maximum reliability and flexibility."