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Harmonic enhances polaris playout management suite

Polaris play offers rich application toolbox for scheduled and live playout in chennal-in-a-box environments | 

Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, announced its new Polaris Play channel-in-a-box (CIAB) automation software for the company’s Polaris playout management suite. Tightly integrated with Harmonic’s market-leading Spectrum media server system, Polaris Play blends a rich set of automated ingest, media preparation, and playout workflow capabilities that enable efficient and cost-effective management of up to four fully branded SD or HD channels, each with matched simulcast channels, in a single rack unit.

“Designed specifically for broadcasters with modest playout requirements and budgets, Polaris Play gives users a breadth of control capabilities that enable straightforward management of the critical elements that support an on-air channel,” said Tom Lattie, vice-president, product management at Harmonic. “Users can leverage Polaris Play to drive a cost-effective CIAB model for their playout channels.”

Polaris Play provides a suite of master control room (MCR) tools that enable ingest, content preparation, segmentation, preview, and channel playlist control. Scheduled operations can be driven by traffic or by manually created playlists. Coupled with the Spectrum MediaDeck integrated media server and its high-density I/O capabilities, integrated file services, and native codec and file wrapper support, Polaris Play simplifies deployment and operation of the playout workflow.

The Polaris suite represents Harmonic’s evolving offering in the emerging Media Orchestration category, which is important as workflows consolidate and simplify. Within this suite, Polaris Play offers broadcasters a robust, yet attractively priced, CIAB solution powered by the industry’s most trusted server platform, enabling users to reduce both capital and operating expenses.

Polaris Play can be combined with the recently announced Harmonic Polaris Live manual device control application, enabling the Spectrum ChannelPort to fulfil both production and master control requirements for many live-to-air workflows.

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