09.03.2004 12:00 AM
Digital Broadcast's MediaFire Server to Support Pathfire
Pathfire and automated newsroom equipment maker Digital Broadcast have developed the MediaFire Server to automate play-to-air syndicated programming.

MediaFire offers a direct interface to Pathfire's Receive server installed at more than 1100 broadcast facilities in North America to receive and play to air syndicated programming with no intervening manual tasks or equipment. Available as a 2-output, 100-hour system or a 4-output, 200-hour system with either analog or digital outputs, MediaFire can play two to four programs simultaneously. Using the integrated playout function, it can transfer programs while playing to air concurrently.

"Because the MediaFire accepts Pathfire-delivered content in its native format, it eliminates the time-consuming dubbing and encoding processes and enables near-immediate availability of content and metadata," said Joe Fabiano, the co-chief technical officer of Atlanta, Ga.-based Pathfire.

"With the nearly instant transfer of syndication programming directly to air, the content management process is simplified, resulting in an increased efficiency as well as time and cost savings for broadcasters," said John Davis, CEO of Digital Broadcast--based in Gainesville, Fla.

The Mediafire expands on the Digital Broadcast suite of solutions for supporting Pathfire-delivered content that enable newsroom personnel to automatically move news content directly to Digital Broadcast's NewsBank News servers. There, the files can be edited in native MPEG-2 format and sent directly to air.

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