The spectrum auction sanctioned by the FCC has cut the number of available satellite transponders in half, leading broadcasters who use satellite feeds for program delivery to find alternative options. The answer has been in front of us for a while: terrestrial IP-based file delivery services.
Since 2010, our AberFast Station Delivery service has successfully delivered over half a million broadcast-ready files all over the world. We have been proving that IP-based program delivery is practical and the future of broadcast delivery, which is why we heavily invested our time and money in this technology, allowing us to spin off a new service for satellite replacement: AberFast Lite.
By using terrestrial IP delivery, AberFast Lite provides an alternative to satellite delivery for video producers sending a single-version program to 40+ TV stations. As the name indicates, this is a LITE version of our full-service AberFast Station Delivery but with no sacrifice to the overall quality of the final program.
Satellite delivery involves additional equipment that has to be maintained and delivery (recording) is tied to a specific day, time, and coordinates. It requires someone to be available at this time to receive the program. This can be disrupted by the weather and additional factors like not having the coordinates tuned in correctly.
With AberFast Lite, delivery is not affected by weather or equipment problems. AberFast Lite does not require additional equipment and/or maintenance and does not require or rely on station personnel to set up the recording for a specific day, time, etc.
If there are issues recording the program from satellite or a feed is missed, a station is forced to scramble to find another option to obtain the program from the producers. Oftentimes this is a burden on both the station and the producer as they race against the clock to avoid missed airtime.
AberFast Lite provides a much more flexible delivery method and files are available earlier and longer. The file is sent to the station via hot folders and can be accessed at any time of the day, 24/7. If a station deletes the file accidentally, it can be accessed and re-downloaded at any time through AberFast’s Station Portal.
For Programmers it’s a simple 2-step process – just provide us a list of your airing stations and upload your source file.
For TV Stations it’s a 3 step process...
We are providing 6 HD media spec files (2-minute video clip) for stations to choose from. All AberFast Lite files have closed captions embedded, color bars & tone, and slate. Each station will download and test the files from the list below and choose the option that works best for their station.
Aberdeen will install a lightweight enterprise-grade delivery software on a designated PC, Mac, or Server. This allows files to automatically be delivered and has controls to set bandwidth limitations and delivery times.
The station will provide names and emails of individuals who would like to have access to a private AberFast Station Portal. The portal will allow station employees to view proxies of delivered files along with, if necessary, access to download the full-length hi-res file for broadcast.