Louisiana Public Broadcasting Picks Harmonic Polaris To Replace Aging Automation System

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) has chosen the Harmonic (Booth SU1210) Polaris multichannel playout-automation system to automate playout for its six PBS stations across the state from its Baton Rouge headquarters. The Harmonic solution, which includes a new Spectrum media server system along with Polaris, will replace an aging automation system.

Harmonic Polaris multichannel playout-automation system

Harmonic Polaris multichannel playout-automation system

“As a public broadcaster and publicly funded organization, LPB has long relied on smart investments in innovative technology to provide programming that is intelligent, informative, educational, and entertaining,” says Beth Courtney, president/CEO, LPB. “We have used Harmonic Spectrum server systems successfully for the past nine years, and we look forward to taking further advantage of Harmonic’s expertise and innovation to realize powerful functionality while keeping total cost of ownership low.”

Polaris delivers powerful, scalable playout automation for one to hundreds of Spectrum ingest and playout channels, combining architectural flexibility, exceptional system resiliency, and extensibility to meet the evolving needs of today’s rapidly changing media environments. Possessing powerful channel-in-a-box capabilities, the high-density Spectrum ChannelPort integrated channel-playout system enables the keying of multilayer graphics and dynamic text over playback or live video to produce rich on-air looks. Harmonic worked closely with LPB to validate the solution, and the company will continue to provide extensive support through installation and commissioning of the playout solution.

“Polaris will support a seamless transition off an aging system and bring LPB new operational efficiencies, as well as the high quality and stability for which Harmonic products are known,” says George Stromeyer, SVP, worldwide sales, Harmonic. “The robust capabilities of the complete Harmonic solution will ensure that LPB can continue to maximize its investment and resources in delivering quality programming across Louisiana.”

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