San Jose, California — Harmonic announced on August 5 that FOX International Channels (FIC) Philippines has installed a turnkey playout solution from Harmonic to enable streamlined and cost-effective media storage, channel branding, and origination of HD and SD channels. The complete solution features a Harmonic Spectrum MediaDeck integrated media server system, equipped with Spectrum ChannelPort integrated channel playout, Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage systems, ProView 7100 integrated receiver-decoders (IRD), Electra 9200 multiservice encoders, and ProStream 9100 high-density stream processors.

“With its rich portfolio of proven media storage and processing products, only Harmonic was able to provide a complete and readily scalable solution for playout of FOX International Channels here in the Philippines,” said Jude Turcuato, SVP and general manager of FOX International Channels Philippines. “Particularly valuable to our operations was the smooth integration of the ChannelPort system with our existing automation system, which made it easy for us to realise the functionality needed to deliver quality branded broadcasts to our customers.”

The ChannelPort system speeds the deployment of SD and HD television channels and reduces equipment costs by integrating branding and master control switching with clip playback on the Spectrum media server platform. The ChannelPort system fits seamlessly into FIC Philippines’ existing production and playout infrastructures, including a Pebble Beach automation system, allowing the broadcaster to reduce the complexity of its operations. As FIC Philippines expands its channel lineup, it will be able to launch additional channels simply with the further addition of ChannelPort modules.