Skyline of Jakarta.

The newest television channel in Indonesia, NET., went on air on May 26, 2013, from a new automated broadcast centre built on an all-encompassing, end-to-end HD solution from Harris Broadcast. The new channel broadcasts extensive live HD news coverage as well as general entertainment programming from its greenfield facility in Jakarta.

Harris Broadcast provided the automated playout infrastructure, digital asset management and a collaborative news post-production facility. The complete installation was designed, commissioned and handed over in less than two months.

Harris Broadcast NEXIO AMP servers provide the content storage, with a NEXIO Farad online storage platform supporting the news post system and NEXIO Global Proxy transcoders for the browse resolution network. The Harris Broadcast Invenio digital asset management system – the first Invenio installation in Indonesia – also interfaces to Isilon nearline storage, SGL archiving and Digital Rapids transcoders.

At NET. the files are edited using a Harris Broadcast Velocity PRX proxy editor and then conformed back to high-resolution, or can be sent directly to the Velocity ESX editing systems for high-resolution finishing. Playout for live news broadcasts uses a Harris Broadcast playlist manager with MOS interface to all other sub-systems in the news studio. Channel playout relies on Harris Broadcast ADC automation along with a Platinum router, IconMaster master control switcher and IconStation for master control playout; and Inscriber® for news studio live graphics insertion.

Asset management

“Good asset management with simple content transfer workflows is very important in the way we want to run NET.,” said Olwin Pangaribuan, head of technical division at NET. “We want to be able to do as much as possible on the desktop, so good browse facilities and clip editing is also vital. Harris Broadcast could deliver a well-integrated system and their local distributor IPA Intermedia offers excellent support, so we have great confidence in this system.”

NET. is producing at least 16 hours of news and entertainment programming in-house each day. The quick throughput enables shorted production times, optimising journalists’ productivity throughout the facility while reducing the number of high-resolution editing suites needed. The deal with NET. was brokered by PT. Indika Siar Sarana, a local dealer in Indonesia, and it was designed and installed by NET.’s Engineer team together with IPA Intermedia Pte. Ltd.

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