ICE - Automated Channel Playout

ICE - Automated Channel Playout

Feature rich and efficient channel-in-a-box

Flexible, scalable and reliable Channel-in-a-Box

The ICETM range of Channel-in-a-Box solutions dramatically increases efficiency while reducing complexity; ICE integrates all the operational, technical, regulatory, and commercial functionality required for broadcast playout environments. ICE is a proven system that lowers costs, and makes it easy to launch new revenue-generating services to grow business.

More features than all the rest - software only and IP

ICE integrates more functionality than any other Channel-in-a-Box solution – saving more money, and delivering more than just the basic features of automation, storage, and graphics. ICE includes an extensive toolset to manage playout operations, including single channel, multi-channel, multi-region, and multi-platform environments.  The range includes ICE SDC which leads the way in virtualised or bare metal integrated playout solutions for uncompressed or compressed IP video.


  • Hardware ICE appliances offer up to 4 channels from a single unit
  • Minimizes the need to transcode. ICE supports a multitude of codec and wrapper formats
  • Playout multiple file formats back to back
  • Validate all content on arrival and quarantine any invalid material to prevent on air problems
  • Full Master Control functionality
  • Make playlist changes 2 seconds before air with confidence
  • Multiple DSKs and DVEs
  • RSS/XML Text Crawls
  • Still and animated logos
  • Audio Overs. Live from AES inputs or pre-recorded from internal file players
  • Dolby E decode and encode
  • Loudness assessment and adjustment
  • Media Biometrics. SAM's technology for uniquely identifying content and automate fault finding on signals and media
  • Closed Captions and Subtitles in multiple formats and languages
  • Up and down scaling of Closed Captions and Subtitles
  • Advanced 3D graphics for premium quality broadcast branding
  • Automatic HD upscaling and SD downscaling that respect source AFDs
  • ARCing and AFD insertion
  • V-Chip and XDS insertion
  • Audio Measurement from Nielsen or Kantar Media
  • Fixed latency from input to output
  • Mix transitions between any sources, including live inputs
  • Ancillary Data: Preserve, pass through, insert, and up/down scale
  • Hardware appliances include up to 3.6TB of local storage, plus ability to add Quantum's SAN storage
  • Media optimized file system is StorNext from Quantum on the 2U ICE appliance

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