Contribution, Distribution, Scheduling
When a new broadcasting corporation was formed from the merging of several existing broadcaster groups, challenges arose in terms of cost, compatibility, and consolidated operations. The mergers had resulted in the continent-wide contribution/distribution audio network being a patchwork quilt of incompatible networks and systems. Centralized, or even efficient management was impossible. Engineers from the broadcaster, along with software, hardware, and IT professionals, working together for over two years, fully developed, extensively tested, and have now deployed an ideal audio distribution/contribution solution. Each individual piece of technology works together providing a cost-effective, reliable, and user-friendly audio and metadata network. The solution incorporates persistently redundant delivery, backup head ends, multiple contribution points, plus full metadata and GPIO, to provide multiple channels of scheduled and ad hoc audio.