Actus Digital Broadcast Monitoring Platform.
The Weather Channel television network is using Actus Digital’s broadcast monitoring platform to perform a wide range of mission-critical tasks. Replacing an existing system, the enterprise version of Actus Digital’s platform ensures superior video and audio quality for The Weather Channel while complying with mandatory industry requirements for its linear and OTT channels.
“Performing tasks beyond mere compliance, the Actus Digital platform serves our broadcast monitoring needs now and will support us in the future with enhanced new workflows for content repurposing and AI integration,” said Michael Smereski, Vice President of Broadcast Engineering at The Weather Channel.
Actus Digital’s platform goes beyond the capabilities of traditional broadcast monitoring systems. It supports mandatory compliance features such as SCTE-104/35, loudness, closed captions, and NAVE while providing The Weather Channel with real-time alerts on a host of A/V impairments. Using multiple load-balancing servers, the platform ensures uninterrupted, redundant, and timely response for users. The platform is also fully integrated with The Weather Channel’s automation system, expanding content search and navigation and allowing the broadcaster to accurately track the loudness of each asset. To enhance system security and user authentication, the platform is fully integrated with OKTA sign-on.
The Actus Digital system allows The Weather Channel to record content at high bitrates and resolutions, enabling the network to edit and export high-quality clips to a variety of destinations.
“The Weather Channel is the most trusted news source in the U.S., and we are thrilled to add them to our roster of customers,” said Gary Learner, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Actus Digital. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration on future enhancements to address their evolving compliance, monitoring, and content repurposing requirements, as well as adding new use cases to the deployed platform.”
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