Chris WielandHead of VTR and Operations
Pebble Beach Systems was chosen to provide the automation control for Plazamedia's high volume ingest facility. The e-centre in Munich, Germany, provides various archiving and tapeless production services to Plazamedia's customers, using Media Archive from Blue Order.
"Working in conjunction with Media Archive, Neptune provides the automated control of VTRs, Sony Cart Machines and video servers. We needed a reliable proven system to ensure maximum system availability but a system that also provided open protocols that would enable Blue Order to easily exchange metadata, ingest lists and report job status so that we could manage the overall workflow from our Media Archive system. Neptune's open and well document XML based API's provided just what was needed."
Hans WirlofSystems Architect
TV4 is the largest commercial television operator in Sweden and in 2005 decided to make major investments in its playout centre to deliver business efficiencies. They had already introduced asset management and a file based workflow but recognized a need to upgrade their playout facility.
"A key part of this upgrade involved choosing a new automation system that would make us ready to deliver new channels in the future. We wanted a system that had a lot of flexibility in the way it could tailor levels of redundancy to suit the needs of specific channels and that would provide smart integration to our traffic system. We also wanted to work with a company that were going to be responsive, listen to us and reflect our needs in their development plans. Our experience with Pebble Beach Systems, their Neptune automation system and the quality of their on going support has been excellent".
Suleiman NakaiTransmission Engineering Manager - JMC
Arab Radio and Television network - ART, is the leading producer of premium Arabic family programming and entertainment worldwide. Pebble Beach Systems was selected to supply a multichannel playout system at its playout centre, Jordan Media City in Amman, Jordan.
"We needed a system that could control our 32 channels in a joined up workflow, including the management of huge volumes of media that are needed to support them. Pebble Beach Systems delivered a solution that could do this entirely - including direct control of a massive 1.5PB Sony PetaSite library using their Anchor Media Manager".
Erkki NiemenmaaSystems Manager
YLE, the Finnish State Broadcaster, awarded Pebble Beach Systems the contract to replace an aging automation system in 2007. The system went on-air in February 2008, controlling five channels of playout.
"We were looking for a new generation system, one that provided the high levels of reliability demanded by a national channel and with the ability to improve our on-air production with comprehensive graphics control. We were also looking for a solution with open integration capabilities to our DAM, Traffic and Archive systems for the future and one that would easily allow our operators to adapt. Neptune was chosen as it fulfilled all of the requirements".
Claudiu ParaschivDirector of Technical Operations
CME is a leading media company in Central and Eastern Europe with multiple playout centres that provide programming to around 97 million viewers. They are investing in new technologies to upgrade their facilities and provide more channels, including HD and mobile services.
"Pebble Beach Systems has been selected to provide automation for use at several CME centres, with the first being Pro TV in Romania. Our requirements were for a system that could deliver our needs in 2007 but that would grow as our operation expanded to deliver new channels. We wanted a system that was flexible and that could provide us with reliable, clever control of secondary devices - especially as we run simulcast HD/SD services. We have added more channels since going on-air and changed our approach to playout redundancy to suit our business needs. Every time we have found that Neptune has allowed us the freedom we needed to change."