dB Broadcast chooses ICE for SSVC broadcast facility

dB Broadcast, one of the UK’s largest systems integrators, has purchased SAM ICE Channel-in-a-Box systems with Morpheus automation to handle ingest and playout for the new production and transmission facility it has constructed for the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) at Chalfont in the UK. SSVC provides welfare entertainment and information to British service personnel and their families worldwide under the BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) banner.

The new facility, encompassing both equipment rooms and operational areas was commissioned with a controlled migration program to ensure that broadcasting operations were continued uninterrupted. The new system successfully went on air in December 2015.

The SSVC playout operation is based on four ICE and two ICE LE systems, providing ingest and redundant playout for BFBS’s 15 TV channels that are broadcast live to armed forces personnel in over 23 countries and to British Navy ships at sea. Morpheus automation enables full integration with SSVC’s Provys traffic system and IPV MAM.

“dB have supplied and commissioned the SAM automation products for several major clients and they were an obvious choice for this application,” said Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast. “We have a great long term working relationship with Snell Advanced Media and their after-sales support is excellent.”

“ICE automation provides BFBS TV with greater flexibility and efficiency to run our complex broadcasting network and unusual workflows,” said Quentin Howard, Director of Technology and Television at SSVC. “I am excited by the new possibilities offered by ICE and Morpheus to enhance our channels.”

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