Playout evolves to cloud

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Written by Adrian Pennington with contribution from Mat Shell, Head of Sales

Automated content manipulation and delivery systems are getting more sophisticated, many introducing graphic workflows, ad insertion capability and management of multiple formats with integrated end to end systems from cloud to prem and everything in between…

Pebble recently announced new configurations and a new brand for its powerful Pebble Remote solution, the remote management, monitoring and control tool for Pebble Automation and Integrated Channel deployments.

“Now more than ever, broadcasters and service providers need secure remote access to their playout environment, especially when systems can compromise multiple channels across several playout sites and in cloud deployments,” explains Mat Shell, Head of Sales…

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The status of SDI to IP transitions and the benefits of maintaining hybrid environments…for now

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Written by David Kicks, VP of Sales for The Americas

Hybrid work quickly became a topic on everyone’s mind over the past year. But it’s been a focus of the broadcast industry for much longer, especially when it comes to finding the right balance between moving fully to IP while still maintaining SDI infrastructures. 

There’s no denying the future of broadcast is based on transitioning to all-IP. That migration holds the potential for delivering significant long-term benefits, especially providing a cost-effective roadmap. IP allows broadcasters to scale and adapt easily, quickly spin up new services to meet changing audience demands for content and flexibly configure and manage devices and workflows. 

But this is not new information; the benefits of IP have been proven and widely circulated for years. What is new for discussion is the status of the IP migration, and the factors impacting it – both from within the industry and outside.  

Broadcasters will benefit from IP’s increased flexibility and A/V source control. However, many broadcasters aren’t prepared to switch from SDI to IP all at once…

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Pebble continues 2021 expansion with new hires

Company welcomes new personnel in many areas as it continues its strong post-pandemic growth.

Weybridge, Surrey, UK, 20th October 2021: Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is pleased to announce a range of new hires across its business as it continues to build on its successes over the last year. The company announced an impressive set of figures for H1 2021 last month, buoyed by an up-tick in all key financial metrics over the Covid-impacted 2020, including revenue, pre-tax profits, and net cash.  

The new personnel include several new international members of the Customer Fulfilment Team as Pebble enjoys significant growth in several key territories around the world. Rafael Girotto, Evgeniy Groznykh and Jordan Toner have joined as Customer Fulfilment engineers. Rafael will work in the Support department helping our existing on air customers and will be based in Brazil. Jordan and Evgeniy, based in the UK and Russia respectively, have joined the Project Engineering department aimed at delivering our diverse solutions for our new customers.

In the UK, Matt Miller has taken up the role of Principal Developer, Mark Hobbs joins as Senior Developer in the Oceans Platform team, Simon Green as Developer in the Integrated Channel Team, and Jason Noakes joins as Senior Developer in Test.

All bring a wide range of industry experience to Pebble with them, including working with key partners in the continually expanding broadcast ecosystem, and microservices architecture deployments, and will play an important part in the company’s future plans and expansion.

Last but no means least, Rebecca Lakey joins in a key role of Operations Administrator, where she will play a vital part in supporting the current members of the UK Head Office Operations team to ensure the day-to-day smooth operation of the company’s business as it looks to build on the recent success of its H1 2021 results.

“I am delighted to see us welcoming new staff to the organisation yet again this year,” comments Peter Mayhead, CEO, Pebble. “Following the recent announcement of our Half Year Results, it’s exciting to see our growth continue at such a rate. I have no doubt that our new team members will build on what our current teams have achieved so far to brilliantly deliver world class automation, playout, and management solutions for our valued customers.”


Image caption: Pebble New Hires

Top row from left to right: Rafael Girotto, Evgeniy Groznykh, Jordan Toner, Matt Miller

Bottom row from left to right: Mark Hobbs, Simon Green, Jason Noakes, Rebecca Lakey


Pebble to demonstrate effective IP connectivity and cloud playout at CABSAT 2021

With solutions controlling more than 400 channels across 17 countries at around 70 sites in the region, Pebble is looking forward to reconnecting with customers and showcasing their latest solution; Pebble Control.

Weybridge, Surrey, UK , 19th October 2021: Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is delighted to confirm their presence at CABSAT. They will be in Hall 2, Stand G2-23, as part of the UK Group co-ordinated by Tradefair on behalf of techUK.

The company will showcase Pebble Control, an innovative new solution designed to make IP connectivity as simple as SDI. Pebble Control is a new self-contained scalable, IP-native, connection management solution that is easy to configure and operate using web-based UIs. Delivering immediate benefits to even the smallest IP facility, it leverages open standards and interfaces with NMOS-enabled devices, and is easily reconfigurable. Integration with Nevion’s VideoIPath solution enables customers to easily control software-defined networks. At the show Pebble Control will be demonstrated using a Riedel 1200 Series SmartPanel, where visitors will see firsthand, the benefits of IP connection management using this standalone solution.

Benjamin Lampert, Product Manager, Riedel Communications commented, “With our 1200 Series SmartPanels and the Control Panel App, we offer a generic hardware user interface that can seamlessly integrate in a IP-based control environment. We´re happy to support Pebble solutions, which allow customers to realise their individual workflows on our hardware.”

The company will also demonstrate its Pebble Automation solution for enterprise-level automation and powerful multi-channel delivery. This platform delivers robust functionality at a scale that suits any operation, and can flex and adapt as needs change. A powerful centralised ingest, content management and multi-channel solution, it controls mission-critical operations at scores of broadcasters and service providers around the world, and is scalable from one to hundreds of channels. Visitors of the show will also see how Pebble can playout channels in the cloud by running AWS cloud instances.

With several key customers having just upgraded their automation solutions to the latest Pebble technology, Pebble has also recently won a number of contracts for leading broadcasters in the Middle East and have plans to formally announce these at the show.

Samir Isbaih, VP Sales – Middle East & South Asia said of CABSAT, “The events of the last 18 months have obviously meant that we could only engage with our customers digitally. While that has worked well for us, nothing beats meeting new and existing customers face to face, and attending CABSAT this October provides a brilliant opportunity to reconnect with customers and industry peers alike. We will also share how we have implemented one of the first pure IP-native SMPTE ST 2110 NMOS-compliant solutions in the region. As more broadcasters navigate the routes to an all-IP infrastructure, we can demonstrate the efficiency of our system deployment and outline our proven expertise to support successful IP migrations.

We have a highly valued customer base and significant market share in MENA, which is important for us as a business. In attending the show we are underlining our commitment to delivering excellent solutions to this market and we look forward to sharing more on this at CABSAT.”

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Product Spotlight Pebble Control

Highlighting the key benefits of Pebble Control – our IP connection management system that makes IP connectivity as simple as SDI.

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