September 12, 2013

Harris Broadcast, a global supplier of content management and network infrastructure serving broadcasters, satellite, MSOs, IPTV, mobileTV and OTT providers, has secured a contract with Tel Aviv-based SatLink Communications to automate its upgraded HD playout and content management center.

SatLink Communications, a global teleport, content management and HD playout services provider, will leverage Harris Broadcast technology to enable media ingest, quality control, language versions, media management and playout preparation. The workflow will manage both baseband and file-based media ingest, integrating Harris Broadcast media asset management (MAM) and automation tools to manage the entire HD workflow; as well as its PlatinumTM router to ensure video, audio and data reliability across the facility.

Working closely with local distributor Bluebird TV, Harris Broadcast will process ingest lists with its MAM software to check content availability status and move/restore items as required to the near-line storage. File-based ingest and archive restores are managed and prioritized according to the transmission date/time before being passed to the automation system, which will prioritize the content.

Using the automation system’s caching mechanisms and the direct lookup/retrieval workflows provided by the media asset management software, the Harris Broadcast system will provide content status and alarms ahead of time to alert operators when content is missing. This guarantees the right content plays out at the right time.

“Harris Broadcast’s knowledge, experience and technology make them our choice in a high risk market,” commented Doron Revivi, chief operations officer, SatLink Communications. “Their solution addresses every part of our workflow, and scales to meet our evolving business needs.”

About SatLink Communications:
SatLink delivers content to every corner of the world. Recognised as a pioneer in global satellite communications services, SatLink is among the world’s 11 top independent teleports and a leading provider of transmission solutions for Global Content Distribution over Satellite Platforms, Fibre and IP. SatLink’s services include Uplink, Downlink and Turn Around in SD, HD & 3D, HD Playout Centre, Production, SNG & Fly Away, Hub Hosting, indirect VNO hosting, Video Monitoring, IPTV and TT&C. Strategically located in the heart of the Middle East, SatLink provides access to a worldwide network covering five continents and has been providing its clients with flexible and cost-effective transmission solutions for more than two decades. SatLink operates a range of premier MCPC platforms including Hot Bird, Asia Sat 5, AMOS-5, and more.

SatLink Communications provides full end-to-end broadcast solutions including productions, content origination and management, channels localization, digital archive, over the top solutions and global distribution.

As a leading provider of global satellite transmission services with an emphasis on global content distribution for television, radio and data channels over satellite, fiber and the Internet to all devices, Satlink provides advanced solutions to broadcasters, Pay TV operators, Governments, satellite operators, ISP’s, large communication enterprises and to other teleports. Workflow reliability and flexibility are essential in this environment.


About Harris Broadcast
Harris Broadcast is a market leader in content management and network infrastructure serving more than 3,000 broadcasters, cable networks, MSOs and mobile and IPTV providers spanning 140 countries. Harris Broadcast has been awarded 240 patents and has received eight Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.