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Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), home to a range of media properties including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, has tapped Pebble Beach Systems for video playout.

travelchannel 9 feb 2018SNI is broadcasting 33 channels from the Knoxville Broadcast Operations Centre utilising Pebble Beach System’s Marina automation and Dolphin integrated channel systems.

The Pebble team was tasked with designing a system that would sufficiently isolate and protect each playout chain, while still allowing synchronised operation. In order to accomplish the task, the team architected a multi-domain system with high levels of resilience and isolation between each functional area. One domain exclusively handles ingest and content management, with a second and third dedicated to primary and backup transmission. The forth domain holds a fully redundant disaster recovery, located out of state.

“Our goal was to eliminate as many points of failure as possible,” said Scott Wilkerson, engineering manager at SNI. “We wanted a more user-friendly UI, column-based editing and synchronised databases. The system had to be easy to maintain and offer complete redundancy.”

He added: “We have pulled the network connection out of the back of the box, and the Dolphin system will continue to execute as long as it has a playlist and media. We could lose every core, every switch, every piece of our network infrastructure, and we would continue to playout over the air.”

The SNI team is looking at Pebble’s Lighthouse, web-based remote management and monitoring tool, to further streamline operations, along with options for expanding with virtualised playout systems, such as Pebble’s Orca, for dynamic deployments including pop-up and experimental channels.