SAM launched a new variant of its ICE Channel-in-a-Box (CiaB) system at IBC 2015: ICE IP. ICE IP provides playout facilities with a future-ready path to IP playout, without sacrificing any of the comprehensive functionality or performance that has established ICE as the market-leading CiaB system. SAM also showed an initial release version of ICE SDC, bringing CiaB capabilities to virtualized playout.
ICE IP supports multiple H.264 IP input and output streams alongside its SDI I/O, enabling ICE owners to transition to IP operation at a rate that suits their business needs. ICE IP integrates the full ICE toolset, including high quality up-scaling, complex audio handling, advanced graphics capabilities for premium channel branding, Media Biometrics and support for single channel, multi-channel, multi-region and multi-platform environments. ICE IP is also fully compatible with SAM’s Morpheus playout automation, so integrating IP playout is a simple and highly cost-effective process.
For playout facilities looking to implement full cloud/data center playout, the initial release of the new ICE SDC was also on show at IBC. ICE SDC will bring ICE CiaB capabilities to virtualized playout environments - delivering the Software-Defined Channel. The initial release is targeted at proof of concept implementations; ICE SDC is a rapidly developing product with a rich roadmap through 2016, adding functionality as the capabilities of commercial data centers continue to develop. ICE SDC integrates fully with the cloud-ready Morpheus automation, enabling a seamless transition to virtualized playout.“These two new additions to our CiaB product range offer media organizations a risk-free transition path to IP and the Software-Defined Channel,” said Ian Young, SAM Product Manager. “It’s a key part of our complete IP transition strategy, designed to enable our customers to integrate IP technology into their workflows at a rate which suits their business needs.”