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Integrated Channel Playout System

Spectrum ChannelPort

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Spectrum ChannelPort

The Spectrum™ ChannelPort™ branded channel playout module speeds the cost-effective deployment of new SD and HD television channels by integrating branding and master control switching with clip playback on the industry’s most trusted media server platform. Fully compatible with Spectrum MediaCenter™ and MediaDeck™ 7000 servers, ChannelPort fits seamlessly into existing production and playout infrastructures, reducing complexity and cutting the time it takes to launch new services. Rich multilayer graphics and dynamic text can be keyed over playback or live video, while support by leading automation systems offers customers the freedom to choose the workflow solution that best fits their needs.

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  • Integrated clip playback, branding and master control switching
  • Plug-and-play compatibility with Harmonic Spectrum media servers
  • Dual integrated DVEs for sophisticated graphics presentation
  • Independent branding of simulcast channels
  • Low power consumption

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Integrated Channel Playout

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Spectrum ChannelPort Features


ChannelPort reduces the complexity of broadcast workflows by merging multiple capabilities onto a single component. This intelligent function integration not only enables faster deployment of new playout services, it simplifies day-to-day operations by allowing processes to be controlled from a single interface. ChannelPort offers plug-and-play compatibility with Spectrum MediaDirector™, MediaCenter and MediaDeck 7000 components.


ChannelPort employs industry-standard media wrappers (including QuickTime and MXF) and networking protocols (including FTP, AFP and CIFS) to enable direct access to content by any file-based media application. These features give users the freedom to choose from the widest range of best-of-breed applications to provide an end-to-end solution.


ChannelPort is built for the trusted Spectrum production and playout platform. Spectrum server components operate independently for maximum reliability and fault tolerance. Component failures are contained and don’t affect operation of other parts of the system, improving overall availability. If replacement is needed, components can be removed and installed while the rest of the system remains operational.


ChannelPort’s impressive performance includes high-density playout of two SD/HD channels per module — four channels per RU, twice as much as the closest competitor — and low power consumption of just 100 W per channel. In addition, the ability to migrate branding and switching eliminates the need to purchase additional infrastructure to link dedicated devices for these functions.

Configuration Options

The modular ChannelPort can be configured with multiple Spectrum components to meet a variety of workflow requirements. ChannelPort is also compatible with systems using MediaPort 7000 and Spectrum X products.