SBS Broadcasting Networks is the first customer for Pixel Power’s ChannelMaster playout system, introduced at IBC earlier this year. SBS, which broadcasts primarily to Scandinavia from its London base, is to install 19 ChannelMasters, controlled by Pixel Power’s Gallium automation technology.
Gallium is integrated with SBS’ existing file-based infrastructure: MediaGenix scheduling, Aveco Astra automation and a Front Porch Diva archive. The system has been designed and specified to run completely automatically during normal operation. This allows the broadcaster to take the channels to air without the need for additional staff, creating a highly-cost effective integrated playout solution.
This is the second recent order for Pixel Power equipment from SBS: the broadcaster recently completed a graphics workflow project. The new ChannelMaster installation dovetails with the graphics network, and will initially be used for regional commercial playout. The infrastructure supports nine channels with each being operated by a redundant pair of ChannelMasters, each supporting two channels. The 19th unit is used for test.
SBS Broadcasting Networks Managing Director Keith Nicholas (pictured, right, with Pixel Power’s James Gilbert) said: “Integrated playout systems are an important technology going forward, with the number of channels and regional variants being launched by broadcasters. But while they represent a key weapon in the drive to keep costs under control, it is vital that this is not achieved at the expense of the quality of both onscreen output and workflow. We believe that the no-compromise approach that Pixel Power has taken is the right one.”