The Harris® D-Series DSX™ playout automation system delivers reliable, frame-accurate control of complex media distribution environments. It is an enterprise level automation solution designed to meet the demands of any high-capacity and dynamic broadcast playout environment. D-Series automation is an extremely scalable system that provides world-class device control for linear playout channels and manages the movement of file-based media to multiple delivery platforms.
D-Series playout automation commands a single architecture that can easily grow to manage more than 1,000 channels. A powerful, configurable user interface maximizes efficiency, simplifies facility reconfiguration and enables control large numbers of channels. System integrity and practical security — including user access — are provided across the entire facility through station-defined security policies. System configuration can be managed from any authorized operator workstation.
The dual redundant configuration of D-Series provides extremely high levels of system availability for a large broadcast facility. In fact, we believe that no other automation system available today can offer the same or even come close to the level of system reliability provided by D-Series.
As a fundamental part of the Harris media software portfolio, D-Series can not only stand alone, but can also form part of a tightly integrated operational environment where automation combines with media asset management as well as with traffic and scheduling systems. This level of integration enables D-Series customers to increase revenue opportunities by more complete control of individual assets throughout the broadcast value chain. At the same time they are able to reduce expenses through the automation of cross-application processing – while being confident that they are working with an environment that provides immense proven scalability as well as the highest reliability.
D-Series is also extraordinarily flexible. Dynamic device allocation and management processes mean that the system is able to support a broad range of ingest and playout devices. Open metadata exchange is supported via BXF, MXF, AAF and V-ISAN.
D-Series is an automation system reflecting the needs of today and tomorrow. The no single point of failure redundancy of the architecture ensures ongoing stability, while the adaptability of our modular approach means that D-Series is ideally suited to bridging the transition to tomorrow’s multichannel content management and delivery environment.
The D‑Series DSX playout automation solution emphasizes reliability, efficiency and security. Essential system management and operation features include:
Content delivery is instrumental in your success or failure to gain audience share. Regardless of your market segment or your delivery targets, playout efficiency and quality can help to capture viewers — or push them away. D-Series DSX helps grab and hold your audience by assuring playout quality to all media environments.
Broadcast Television — D‑Series DSX provides central control of local content insertion, with the ability for local program origination to integrate with network feeds. The system supports growth through the efficient management of digital operations, the ability to seamlessly add channels and increased operator productivity.
Satellite/Cable TV and Radio — Multiplatform media companies face a growing number of delivery challenges — broadband, VOD, IPTV and mobile, to name a few. The stakes are raised even higher when local content and advertising needs to be inserted into programming. The D‑Series DSX solution’s flexible delivery capabilities and structural efficiency lay the groundwork on which to build any media delivery operation.
IP Distribution — With the ability to ingest, manage and play out digital file-based media content in a fully online operation, D-Series DSX offers substantial benefits for telecommunications organizations, Internet service providers and any company that delivers content to wired or wireless devices over IP networks. D‑Series DSX simplifies the process of converting content to diverse formats by seamlessly integrating with Harris digital asset management systems to automate content repurposing and redistribution. The result is enterprise flexibility — a necessary trait for tackling new media revenue opportunities.
Comprehensive ingest capabilities — from single spot operation to large-scale batch ingest — with quality-control features allow D‑Series DSX to function as a standalone automation solution or to be integrated with Harris Invenio or third-party digital asset management systems. Additional ingest capabilities include:
A7 Integrated Automation Architecture
Real-time, resilient playout automation
A8 Distributed Automation Architecture
Scale to more than 1000 channels with the benefits of maintaining a single system
Specifications and designs are subject to change without notice.
To view specifications for individual D-Series DSX products and add-ons, please review the appropriate datasheet from the list provided.
D‑Series DSX client applications are supported by the Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7 operating system. The workstation should include:
Information Server runs on Microsoft® Windows Server 2003® and an appropriately configured hardware platform.
The database must be MySQL® Server running on an appropriately configured hardware platform.
System Manager runs on the Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7 operating system and an appropriately configured hardware platform.
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