SAM ICE Channel-in-a-Box systems to handle ingest and playout for dB Broadcast


UK system integrator dB Broadcast 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 British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) banner.

The new facility, encompassing both equipment rooms and operational areas was
commissioned with a controlled migration programme to ensure that broadcasting
operations 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

“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.

“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.’

“We are delighted that dB Broadcast has chosen ICE and Morpheus to handle critical playout operations for SSVC’s future-focused new broadcast system,’ said Tim Thorsteinson, CEO of SAM. “ICE has won a reputation for rock-solid reliability and its flexibility to accommodate changing requirements is second to none.’


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