Pixel Power Brands New Channel for Ireland

UTV Ireland to extend its use of BrandMaster

Pixel Power, the innovative supplier of broadcast graphics and playout solutions, is to supply two BrandMaster branding switchers to UTV in Belfast, for its new Broadcast Centre. UTV already uses BrandMasters and other Pixel Power graphics systems for its existing services to Northern Ireland as part of the ITV network, and is carrying the same technology platform over to its new channel UTV Ireland based in Dublin.

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BrandMaster is the brilliant integration of a master control switcher with sophisticated branding graphics into a single device. The graphics have all the capabilities of the Pixel Power Clarity platform (UTV is an extensive user of Clarity for graphics creation and delivery). These graphics are then added into the channel output without the need for any external device. The BrandMaster can be controlled by a range of hardware or software panels or – as at UTV – by the Morpheus playout automation.

UTV Ireland is a new free-to-air channel launching in Ireland on 1 January 2015. In addition to original Irish programming, UTV Ireland’s agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment gives the channel access, from the start of 2015, to programming made by ITV Studios for broadcast on the ITV main channel in the UK. UTV Ireland has also signed programme deals with All3 Media, DRG and HatTrick International.

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“Setting up a new channel is an exciting project, because there is so much automated technology we can use to make the operation as efficient and as slick as we can,” said Michael Corcoran, Director of Broadcast Technology and Operations. “UTV Ireland will be built on technology we know we can depend upon day after day, like fully automated control of the BrandMaster as part of the playout automation.”

“When we came up with the concept of the branding switcher, we knew it had to be easily scalable because we knew broadcasters would be adding channels as their market needs change,” said James Gilbert, CEO of Pixel Power. “Adding two new BrandMaster devices to the UTV system gives an extremely high level of resilience as well as delivering the capacity to serve a major new channel.”

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About Pixel Power
Pixel Power develops, distributes and supports the technologies and solutions that media companies rely on to create their on-air identity, enhance their content with stunning graphics, and deliver their services anywhere there is an audience. Pixel Power offers powerful solutions to meet the creative and production needs of today's file-based operations. Now you can add graphics power for QC, web delivery, post production, or to enhance program material and add graphics overlays for playout and streaming without the overhead of real-time platforms. Our continuing development program ensures that we develop system that integrate with existing file-based operations and add features for multi device playout, second screen and social media.

Through a worldwide network of carefully selected distributors Pixel Power ensures that local and knowledgeable sales, service and support is always available for our ever growing client base. With systems installed in major broadcasters and production facilities around the world, Pixel Power is working with the broadcast industry globally to develop exciting and creative systems for the highly automated, multi-skilled environment which is modern television production. Pixel Power's growing customer base of over 2000 systems includes market leading broadcasters like the BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4, Disney, HBO, ABC, CBS, Fox, WDR and RTBF. With corporate headquarters in Cambridge, England, Pixel Power also has a wholly owned US subsidiary providing sales and service across North America as well as a dedicated Middle East office in Dubai.

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