WETP-TV Buys NVerzion Automation System

WETP-TV, the PBS station in East Tennessee, has replaced its automation system with a solution from NVerzion. NVerzion’s Component Level Automation System Solutions (CLASS) is used by WETP for master control, playout, and media asset management operations.

Based on a flexible, modular-based architecture, CLASS is said to “dramatically reduce” WETP's CAPEX and OPEX.

WETP is a non-profit PBS member station, providing lifelong learning opportunities to more than 1 million viewers in East Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Southeast Virginia, and Western North Carolina.

“To continue delivering the high level of programming we're accustomed to providing viewers, we needed an automation system that is efficient, flexible, and reliable," said Tony Poole, chief engineer, WETP. "NVerzion CLASS automation completely changes the way we work, speeding up every step of the file-based workflow, from ingest to playout and archiving. This solution has already saved us a significant amount of money and will continue to do so for many years."

WETP purchased NVerzion CLASS from Heartland Video Systems to support its main HD channel and two subchannels. The solution includes a variety of hardware and software components, including: NControl on-air playlists, NGest dubbing and recording software, NPoint video preparation software for segmenting and trimming, NBase SQL media database manager, NView database viewer, NCommand machine status and control, NConvert traffic interface, NTime time-driven event scheduling, EMC Ethernet Machine Control, and a CPIM creative protocol interface module for the BXF traffic communications.

With CLASS, WETP can control all third-party equipment, including a Harmonic Spectrum MediaCenter video server, Utah Scientific UTAH-100/UDS universal distribution system, Sony XDCAM video recorder, and Myers ProTrack traffic system. An NVerzion TeraStore nearline storage archive system controls WETP's active storage system, streamlining file management.

Unlike CIAB systems, NVerizon says CLASS allows engineers to bypass any piece of dysfunctional equipment to ensure a flawless on-air broadcast. Through the modularity of CLASS, WETP has the flexibility to add more features and perform additional infrastructure upgrades as needed. In the future, the station can easily support additional channels and subchannels leveraging the scalability of CLASS.

"Considering the large number of file-based assets TV stations are handling today, they cannot afford to be slowed down by manual operations, such as archiving," said Reed Haslam, director, sales and marketing, NVerzion. "By taking over these essential tasks, CLASS enables broadcasters like WETP to focus on other, more critical, business operations, ultimately leading to enhanced on-air presentations and reduced costs."

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