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Channel-in-a-Box Automation System

Polaris Play

Automate the playout of up to four fully branded channels from a compact, cost-effective server platform

Polaris Play Channel-in-a-Box Automation System

Polaris Play is a complete, cost-effective channel-in-a-box (CIAB) automation system that unleashes the true power of branded channel playout on a 1-RU platform. The software application suite is optimized for Harmonic’s Spectrum™ MediaDeck 7000 integrated media server, a high-density solution for up to four SD/HD channels, each with its own SD simulcast channel, effectively delivering eight automated playout channels per rack unit.

Polaris Play offers low total cost of ownership for customers needing both scheduled and live playout capabilities. The software enables a fully automated CIAB solution that includes ingest with Spectrum MediaPort™ 7000 real-time video I/O modules and playout with the Spectrum ChannelPort™ integrated channel playout system. A rich software toolbox for ingest, playlist control, media prep, traffic integration, and scheduled and live playout combines with MediaDeck’s high-density I/O capabilities to simplify multichannel playout workflows while reducing both CAPEX and OPEX.

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  • High-density channel-in-a-box solution controls four fully branded SD/HD channels in 1 RU
  • Rich software toolbox, including Playlist Control, Scheduler and Media Fetch
  • Simplified management of graphics, DVEs and other secondary events
  • Support for BXF traffic system integration, including Myers ProTrack
  • Optimized for the Spectrum MediaDeck integrated media server, providing low power consumption and rock-solid reliability

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Polaris Play Features

Playlist Control

The Polaris Play toolbox includes a suite of license-keyed applications for automating the essential elements of a broadcast workflow. At the heart of the solution is the Playlist Control service, which runs on Spectrum and manages the playlists for all channels.


Content capture from baseband sources is controlled via the easy-to-use Polaris Play Ingest client. Using of MediaPort 7000 video I/O module in the MediaDeck, the process can be performed via automated record based on the schedule, crash record, or through direct control of source VTRs.


Tight integration of Polaris Play with Harmonic’s Polaris Live manual device control application allows the same play-to-air hardware to fulfill both scheduled and live playout roles. The result is an integrated MCR (iMCR) environment that further simplifyies workflows and helps accelerate the launch of new revenue-generating channels.



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