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Romanian DTH broadcaster Boom contracted UK-based systems integrator TSL to design and build a new digital satellite facility. The facility now plays host to 10 originated channels with commercials and 31 pass-through channels, and has the capability to expand channel capacity. A new infrastructure provides a package of 24/7 channels with pay-per-view and interactive services. It reaches 7.1 million households and is broadcast in Romanian.

With a budget of less than $2.5 million, TSL devised a turnkey solution based on Pebble Beach System's Neptune automation. The Neptune controls the entire facility and is integrated with a SeaChange Broadcast Media Library (BML). For other parts of the workflow, Neptune also acts a mini media asset management system and data mover, allowing simple direct media transfers between the server and a Sony PetaSite S-series data archive library.

The Neptune enables operators to ingest media to the server from videotape frame accurately.