The Weather Channel has deployed a comprehensive ingest, playout, and transcoding solution from Harmonic to support the network’s content acquisition management system. The network also installed a complement of new Harmonic systems in its master control for short- and long-form program playout.
The new broadcast infrastructure at The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta enables a much higher degree of automation, as well as better tracking of audio, video, and data — and more effective use of these assets in creating the unique content for which the network is known. These benefits extend beyond production and broadcast operations to providing additional programming and data for other business units, such as WSI, weather.com, and Weather Underground.
“Because we cannot send crews to hundreds of locations each day, we rely on local talent and local users to generate content for us, and this means we get a significant amount of inbound content in just about every format imaginable,” says Philip Grossman, senior director of content acquisition and management at The Weather Channel. “From transcoding and ingest to high-speed shared storage and playback for live TV, Harmonic is at the core of our operations. With this installation we can process as many as 200 videos an hour in up to six different bit rates, and we can scale the system beyond this as needed.”