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Spectrum XE

CiaB playout integrated with premium-quality encoding and transcoding


In today’s complex media environment, TV broadcasters and operators must support ever-larger channel lineups, including regional or international variants of existing channels, new thematic linear programs, and OTT versions of established channels. The Spectrum XE playout system addresses this challenge with integrated playout, encoding and rendering, as well as high scalability and availability. With Spectrum XE’s innovative IT-based design, operators can define flexible playout workflows in either the compressed or the uncompressed domain.

The Spectrum XE defines a new breed of IT-based playout solution tailored for SD/HD channel origination, manipulation and delivery. It offers a complete array of channel-in-a-box (CiaB) features to control and deliver new channels — and to meet broadcasters’ requirements for easy-to-deploy, easy-to-operate and easy-to-monitor facilities. It’s the perfect solution for originating broadcast and multiscreen channels, and for cost-effectively regionalizing downstream programs (with ad replacement and branding).

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  • Advanced CiaB feature set, including graphics overlays, logos, animations, text crawls and DVE
  • Multiple user-selectable playout modes
  • Baseband switching with dynamic decoding and re-encoding
  • Built-in automation with advanced playlist controls
  • Media asset management


Spectrum XE

Learn more about the CiaB playout server, integrated with premium-quality encoding and transcoding

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Spectrum XE Features

Flexible Multichannel Playout

Spectrum XE extends playout to the uncompressed domain with premium re-encoding capabilities and advanced audio/video processing. Operators can also remain in the compressed domain, dedicated to splicing MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC transport streams, which brings two main advantages: it keeps the quality of the incoming live or file sources intact, and offers high channel density.

Integrated Automation

Spectrum XE comes with built-in automation, which manages all channel schedules frame-accurately and provides powerful control and monitoring utilities. The automation system drives each channel with one or more playlists that define live or file-based events, as well as graphics overlays, as either primary or secondary events.

Intuitive GUI

The Spectrum XE graphical user interface includes intuitive playlist editing and control features, and a set of advanced monitoring views for reporting the status of multiple, simultaneous channels. Spectrum XE automation can also interface with external traffic and billing or master control systems via a BXF-standard interface.

Smart Asset Manager

Spectrum XE also allows transport-stream file provisioning through an FTP interface. The Spectrum XE Media Library makes all these sources available for editing and playback, and also receives all overlay graphics. A native Smart Asset Manager tool handles video clip provisioning according to the channel schedules.

Reliable and Scalable

Spectrum XE runs on a best-of-breed, IT-based 1-RU server featuring a dual RAID system, hot-swappable redundant power supplies and scalable storage. Optional GbE ASI and SDI physical interfaces are available.