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Pebble Beach Systems Marina Chosen for New Israeli Public Broadcaster

Marina controls playout for six transmission chains at re-equipped facility  

Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced that its Marina automation has been chosen to provide content management, automation, and redundancy control for the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC). The IPBC is the new Israeli public broadcasting organisation that replaces the IBA (Israel Broadcasting Authority).

Located in Jerusalem, the IPBC, also known and branded as Kan, was established as part of an initiative to re-equip, re-staff, and establish new working practices for the public corporation. The team at Kan sought a turnkey solution supplied from a single vendor and ultimately selected Systems integrator and Pebble Beach reseller, AVCOM to deliver the project, which incorporates Pebble’s Marina solution for station automation, content management, and redundancy control.

“Marina has a great reputation for flexibility and reliability, so it was a natural choice for us to specify it as a central hub of the Kan playout chain,” said Tsachi Korner, principal system designer at AVCOM.

In addition to news and current affairs, Kan will commission and acquire quality documentary and fictional programing which will be broadcasted via several channels: a central TV channel, a children’s TV channel, an Arabic speaking TV channel, plus an array of radio stations. The three main TV channels will have complete redundancy for a total of six channels and associated transmission chains.

The Marina automation system was chosen, in part, because of its ability to interface to and deliver comprehensive control of a wide range of products in the playout chain in a simple and efficient way. Pebble’s previous generation automation system, Neptune, was successfully deployed for many years at IBA, so the Kan playout pipeline was familiar to operators and engineers. A KLH traffic system provides the schedule and Marina controls and integrates with Harmonic Video Servers, VizRT MAM, Oracle (DIVA) Archive, Evertz EQX, VizRT Graphics, Cavena subtitling, and Isilon nearline storage.

“We chose AVCOM and Pebble Beach System’s Marina for the Kan installation because of their proven track record and ability deliver to our exacting standards,” said Elad Harel, head of playout system at IPBC. “The Marina system is very easy for our operators to control, in part due to their familiarity with previous generation of Pebble automation systems. We like the near limitless potential that Marina affords us as our needs evolve.”


About Pebble Beach Systems 

Pebble Beach Systems is a world leader in automation, channel in a box, integrated and virtualised playout technology, with scalable products designed for highly efficient multichannel transmission as well as complex news and sports television. Installed in more than 70 countries and with proven systems ranging from single up to over 150 channels in operation, Pebble Beach Systems offers open, flexible systems, which encompass ingest and playout automation, and complex file-based workflows. The company trades in the US as Pebble Broadcast Systems.



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