ICE SAN – Shared Content Storage For Large Scale Playout

ICE SAN – Shared Content Storage For Large Scale Playout

Upgraded storage for ICE to improve bandwidth

Upgraded storage for ingest and playout

When the local storage of the ICE unit is not enough, transfer times associated with nearline NAS  or archive systems are avoided using a directly attached SAN for instant access to media.

Avoid bottlenecks and duplication

Any ICE unit can simultaneously play the same file from the single shared storage. All playout channels can instantly playback a file ingesting on another unit. Once a file is in the SAN, all file transfer bandwidth delays and bottlenecks are removed.

Any transfer from the archive is available to all connected ICE units and ICE SAN removes duplication of media assets on multiple playout servers.


  • 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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