Companies successfully deliver long-form high-definition programming by satellite from Los Angeles to WSB Atlanta’s servers.
Warner Bros. Technical Operations and Pathfire have teamed up to create a full-service, end-to-end HD programming distribution network, capable of delivering content to over 1,400 broadcast facilities. This partnership enables Warner Bros. to deliver high-definition syndication via Pathfire’s Digital Media Gateway (DMG) network of servers.
The service was launched on April 11 when Warner Bros. delivered long-form programming encoded at its Los Angeles-based Global Digital Media XChange facility (GDMX) to WSB Atlanta, an ABC affiliate owned by Cox Television. The delivery utilized the existing Pathfire infrastructure to enable the satellite delivery of the programming. The content arrived on the Pathfire DMG Server located at WSB, and was transferred to a Grass Valley Group K2 media server via Pathfire’s DMG HD Server Connect for Programming. This strictly file-based process enables stations to benefit from a streamlined workflow by cutting the time and hands required to get a program ready for air, according to Pathfire.
“An HD store-and-forward delivery platform capable of delivering long-form programming is a first for our industry. This is a tremendous accomplishment for Pathfire and our partners,” said Mike Eckert, Pathfire’s chairman and CEO. “We continue to hear a growing demand for HD programming and ads from the stations we serve. Today’s announcement demonstrates that we are listening and delivering a solution that is ready for the ever-increasing appetite for HD content.”
“Global Digital Media Xchange is proud to highlight our ability to distribute long-form syndicated programming along with ads via the Pathfire DMG platform,” said Paul Saccone, senior vice president and general manager of GDMX. “Our customers are looking for a way to efficiently and affordably deliver HD programming and our GDMX facility can provide the required service. We’re pleased to be working with Pathfire in this area. This test served as a proof of concept and we will continue to work with Pathfire in order to maximize our HD/SD work flow processes.”
Utilizing the Pathfire DMG HD delivery network, GDMX delivers file-based HD content on-demand, virtually without delay. Pathfire provides end-to-end technology to enable this delivery all the way to the station’s play-to-air server, providing delivery confirmation to the providers. Pathfire enables native integration into play-to-air servers, as well as providing transcoding to either 1080i or 720p to match a station’s infrastructure.
Pathfire said its DMG HD product line has been shaped, developed and released with guidance from the industry’s top technology leaders. The Pathfire-led, HD Conclave— comprising senior-level experts from content providers, content distributors and broadcast groups—has, the company said, “provided Pathfire with industry validation in the form of technical guidance for the Pathfire DMG HD product road map. The successes so far in HD distribution are a direct result of the industry working together to create a standard platform for HD distribution. The Conclave’s efforts enabled a superior solution for the complex challenges associated with HD content distribution.”
Sterling Davis, VP of engineering at Cox Television and Cox Radio added: “Warner Bros. has delivered pristine, broadcast quality HD content to WSB-TV. File-based delivery of all content types brings us closer to our group-wide vision of digital ingest and processing of content throughout all production areas of our stations.”
Pathfire will be demonstrating the DMG HD end-to-end content delivery suite at the NAB Convention, booth SU 7405.