ERT is one of the 23 founding broadcasting organisations of the European Broadcasting Union in 1950. Today, it runs four digital terrestrial television channels and one international satellite channel. This includes around the clock broadcasting from Athens for ERT-1, ERT-2 and ERT-SPORTS-HD. ERT-3 focuses on regional broadcasting for Northern Greece and surrounding areas, and comprises premises 500km away, in Thessaloniki.
Working with Pebble’s local reseller PTS (Pierides TechnoSystems Ltd.), the requirements set by ERT were to upgrade the outdated 10+ year old infrastructure that would revolutionise playout for a national multi-site delivery. Pebble’s Marina system was the outcome of a tender process and will provide a flexible, scalable architecture that will enable ERT to utilise resources over multiple servers, and to serve the agility of its users across the country.
Combining architectural flexibility with exceptional resiliency, Marina is designed to meet and anticipate the evolving needs of any media environment. One of the most appealing aspects for ERT was Marina’s interoperability with multiple vendors and best of breed third party devices, including the ease of controlling graphics and interfacing with routers and servers.
As a strategic multi-site installation, two Marina playout systems will be deployed. One system will be situated at the Athens HQ, which will facilitate up to five channels, and the other will transform the regional playout of ERT-3 which is based in Thessaloniki. ERT has made a strategic decision to keep ERT-3 as a separate operational unit, maintaining its own continuity and autonomy servicing the regions.