Pebble Beach Systems Focuses on Business Continuity and IP Playout Workflows at NAB 2019

At NAB 2019, on booth SL4528, Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, will showcase its best of breed solutions for playout, including: a business continuity demonstration featuring Orca, Pebble’s virtualised integrated channel solution for private or public cloud deployments; Web-based remote management and monitoring with Lighthouse; scalable multichannel playout automation via the company’s flagship Marina solution; and integrated channel playout with Dolphin, supporting uncompressed multi-channel 4K and 25GbE IP functionality.
Business Continuity
Pebble’s award-winning virtualised IP channel solution, Orca, continues to be deployed by organizations seeking an all IP integrated channel system designed for uncompromised playout from the cloud. There are currently well over 100 Orca virtualised channels on the air, many of which are complex multi-language broadcasts requiring precise synchronisation and comprehensive audio playout rules. Disaster recovery has been a catalyst in the growing adoption of virtualised playout for many companies wishing to “test the waters” when designing and testing an IP and cloud ecosystem, and Pebble will showcase a full business continuity system using Orca in the AWS cloud, fully synchronised with the local system so that channel output and functionality remain the same, even in a disaster scenario.
Remote Management and Monitoring
Whether for a main, backup, or DR system, Pebble’s Lighthouse enables monitoring and/or control from a single, secure, centralised web-based dashboard. At NAB, visitors will be able to see clear and concise exception monitoring lists any errors to provide actionable information on each system, and low latency monitoring using NDI technology which delivers a confidence preview of each system to the Lighthouse UI, without the delays incurred by having to manage compressed video.
Scalable Multichannel Playout Automation
Marina is Pebble’s flagship multichannel playout automation system for systems playing out one to hundreds of channels, and is in use at top tier broadcasters around the world. NAB attendees will learn how broadcasters can upgrade or migrate their legacy automation systems to Marina’s powerful automation platform in a managed way. Playout infrastructures can evolve from legacy device control to incorporate new and evolving technologies with minimum disruption to processes and staff.
Integrated Channel Playout
Dolphin is a compact and cost-effective integrated channel device which operates under Pebble Beach Systems’ Marina automation control. When equipped with the Matrox X.mio5 Q25 SMPTE 2110 NIC card, Dolphin supports uncompressed multi-channel 4K and 25 GbE IP functionality without any increased load to the CPU. Organisations with IP migration plans have purchased Dolphin servers with SDI hardware secure in the knowledge that they can easily install IP I/O hardware, such as the X.mio5, when the time is right for them. Going far beyond typical CiaB (Channel-in-a-box) capabilities, Dolphin also incorporates a series of software plugins, allowing organisations to use their preferred best-of-breed solutions within the integrated channel environment. Plug-ins include Ross and Pixel Power graphics, loudness from the Telos Alliance, live captioning from EEG, and Kantar and Nielsen watermarking.
Further announcements on IP standards development and software plug-ins will be made nearer the show.


Tanzania-based Azam Media selects Marina for Automation and Control

CABSAT, Dubai, Stand H2-30, March 12th, 2019Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced that Azam Media Ltd, a Direct-to-Home (DTH) pay TV satellite service provider in East Africa, has selected a Pebble Beach Systems Marina automation solution to control its existing playout infrastructure, along with recently installed devices for its newly added channels.
Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and launched in 2013, Azam Media is a flagship company of the Bakhresa Group and focuses on providing entertaining and informative channels bundled with favorite international channels at an affordable cost to citizens of East African nations. Azam One features local entertainment and Premier League football. Azam Two features international entertainment, while Sinema Zetu specializes in 24/7 bongo movies.
The organisation recently expanded its channel count to 10, and selected Marina to replace its legacy automation and MAM layer. Marina controls legacy Imagine servers for ingest, shared storage and nearline storage, along with the existing Xendata archive and Versio playout devices. The playout chains for the new channels include Harmonic Channelport and servers and MediaGrid central storage.

“Azam Media selected Marina because it offered exceptional operational stability and a modern user interface designed to make their operation as efficient and simple as possible, regardless of the underlying technology being controlled,” said Samir Isbaih, VP of Sales for the Middle East and AsiaPac at CABSAT today.
“Marina is handling all media management, file transfers and playout for Azam,” he continues. “The ability to manage this functionality via a single user interface really increases efficiency for them and avoids the need for multiple databases. Managing multiple locations and multiple technologies, the solution delivers simplified, coherent content management at this key site.”

Pictured (L to R) are Samir Isbaih, Abubakar Said Bakhresa – Executive Director at Azam, Tamas Vass – CMO at Pebble Beach Systems, and Gael Lancrenon, General Director and Founder of systems integrator DV International.


Playout Operations Upgrade for Iraq’s Dijlah TV

Playout Operations Upgrade: Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced that Dijlah TV, one of the most watched news channels in Iraq, has chosen Pebble Beach Systems’ Dolphin integrated channel device and Marina automation solution to upgrade its playout operations as the broadcaster brings more channels to air.
A long-time user of Stingray, Pebble Beach Systems’ powerful and compact channel in a box solution, Dijlah TV was looking to implement a fully redundant automation solution with no single point of failure, that encompasses ingest, content management and playout functionality.
Operating under the control of the Marina automation system, Dolphin delivers highly automated integrated audio, video and graphics functionality for ingest, channel branding and frame-accurate multi-channel playout. The flexible pipeline design enables the virtual output chain to be customized for each channel, specifying the order in which functions including graphics, effects, and aspect ratio conversion are handled within the system.

“As Dijlah TV continues to expand its offerings, we put in place a smooth upgrade path to support their increased playout requirements. The combined Dolphin and Marina solution gives them the option to control third party devices, maximizing their technology choices. For the operators, the transition is seamless with minimum disruption to their existing workflow,” commented Samir Isbaih, VP of Sales for Middle East and APAC at Pebble.

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Qatar’s Al Rayyan TV updates its playout infrastructure with Marina

Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced that Al Rayyan TV, part of the Al Rayyan Media and Marketing Company in Qatar, has deployed a Marina automation solution at the heart of its new playout infrastructure.
Al Rayyan TV embarked on a major upgrade as part of its move to a new facility last year. This incorporated a complete technology refresh for the Qatari broadcaster, who elected to move away from the legacy single vendor solution they had originally launched with in 2011.
The new system – which offers full redundancy with no single point of failure – went on air at the end of 2018. Pebble’s Marina automation handles the playout of 3 channels and controls best-of-breed channel technology including Harmonic servers and Avid graphics. It also interfaces to a Dalet Media Asset Management system and BTS traffic,
The decision to adopt a Pebble solution followed a detailed proof of concept exercise which involved extensive evaluation by Al Rayyan’s operational and engineering staff. System integrator for the project was Salam Media Cast, who closely managed the migration and integration of all products involved.
Mohamad Naim Al Said, Engineering Department Director at Al Rayyan, confirmed:

“We are very pleased with the Marina solution, specifically its stability, redundancy and ease of operation. The migration went extremely smoothly, thanks to the friendly and supportive Pebble team. We are proud that, with assistance from all parties, we succeeded in relocating the system and launching the channels within a very short timescale”.

Samir Isbaih, Pebble’s VP of Sales for the Middle East & APAC, confirmed:

“Al Rayyan went through a thorough evaluation of the possible technologies and we are delighted that they chose to partner with Pebble for the playout solution. Our Marina automation emerged from the selection process as the best technical solution for their needs, and we look forward to continuing to work with Al Rayyan as their operations evolve and grow.”


Pakistan’s Dunya News Chooses Pebble Beach Systems To Upgrade UI

Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced that Dunya News, one of Pakistan’s preeminent TV channels, has chosen Pebble Beach Systems to upgrade its state-of-the-art playout facility.
Headquartered in Lahore, Pakistan, Dunya News provides news and current affairs programming in Urdu to audiences throughout Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and the United States.
The channel prides itself on using state-of-the-art technology. A long-time user of Pebble Beach Systems’ Neptune automation system, Dunya News has now upgraded its playout operations with Pebble’s flagship Marina automation. The solution is fully redundant with no single point of failure, and encompasses ingest, content management and playout functionality. The system slots into the existing device infrastructure but offers enhanced workflow and automation tools to the broadcaster.

Things happen fast in news and current affairs, and change is a constant. We needed an experienced technology partner who could deliver a flexible solution, work with us to solve our problems efficiently, and adapt with us as our business grows. After 10 years of working with Pebble and its Neptune automation system, it made sense for us to go to them for our upgrade,” said Zubair Rasheed, Head of Technical Operations and Dunya Media Group.

“In selecting Marina, Dunya has a future-proof solution for its ingest, content management and playout automation workflows, and we are proud to have completed the migration from their Neptune solution with minimum disruption to their operations,” commented Samir Isbaih, VP of Sales for the Middle East and APAC at Pebble Beach Systems.