Harmonic automates Nilesat's playout workflow

Harmonic's multichannel automated playout system is at the heart of Nilesat's workflow
Harmonic MediaGrid
Harmonic MediaGrid


Harmonic has announced that Nilesat, a satellite operator and broadcast service centre in the MENA, has deployed a multichannel automated playout system from Harmonic.

Harmonic's integrated media server, storage, transcoding and playout automation solution speeds up the operator's extensive workflow, providing increased reliability, storage capacity and scalability at a low total cost of ownership.

Ian Graham, vice president of sales, EMEA and LATAM, Harmonic, said: "Due to the massive amount of content that Nilesat delivers, automating the playout workflow is essential from an efficiency perspective. They chose Harmonic solutions based on our reputation in the market for reliability and after-sales support reinforced by an extensive reference list.

“Moreover, by engaging with Nilesat on system design, requirements and operations, we earned their trust as a technology partner, and outshone the competitors. With Harmonic's integrated playout system at the heart of their workflow, they can bring new channels to air faster than the competition."

In Europe and the MEA, market for free-to-air broadcast TV services is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.8% between 2016 and 2024, according to Transparency Market Research.

The Harmonic solution consists of Spectrum MediaCentre servers, MediaGrid shared storage, a ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoder and Polaris Elite playout automation system based on Pebble Beach Systems' automation platform.

Harmonic's multichannel automated playout system will ensure that Nilesat can take advantage of the growing revenue opportunities in the region by speeding up the workflow, enabling quicker channel launches and reducing the cost to store premium content.

Harmonic will showcase a comprehensive range of solutions that bring increased operational efficiencies and enhanced video quality to broadcast and OTT production and delivery at Harmonic's stand A2-30 during CABSAT 2017 in Dubai, March 21-23.

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