Pathfire Digital Media Gateway Platform Reaches Deployment Milestone
More than 900 Pathfire Digital Media Gateway (DMG) content distribution and management systems are now deployed in television broadcast stations and news bureaus to deliver, receive and manage news, syndicated programming and ad content.
Las Vegas, NV, April 07, 2003 - Pathfire, a leading business-to-business provider of digital media content management and distribution services, today announced that it has deployed more than 900 of its Digital Media Gateway (DMG) platforms in television broadcast stations and news bureaus in the United States and abroad. The Pathfire DMG system delivers news, syndicated programming and ad content from various content providers across the same platform. The DMG platform is now in use in most of the broadcast stations in the US, including all of the major broadcast station ownership groups.
“This is the largest deployment of digital video content management and distribution servers in the US broadcast television industry today, and represents a significant milestone for Pathfire and for our customers,” said Mike Eckert, Pathfire Chief Executive Officer. “We are now providing the majority of broadcasters in the US with a common platform for delivering, receiving and managing news, syndicated programming, ads and promos.”
Pathfire hardware installed at broadcast stations, together with applications for the Digital Media Gateway (DMG), Pathfire’s industry-leading automated digital IP-multicast distribution platform, make up the Pathfire nationwide distribution network. The Pathfire network makes it possible for providers to submit content and broadcasters to access, select and manage that content digitally, eliminating the need to monitor and roll tape on scheduled satellite feeds. Content is delivered directly to editors’ and producers’ desktops, making access to material quick and convenient.
Before stations began using the Pathfire DMG, each broadcast station had to have someone to monitor satellite feeds and point the station’s satellite dish to the right satellite at just the right time to receive content or the content could be lost forever. Stacks of videotapes were the norm. Now, with the Pathfire DMG, multiple content types from multiple sources are being delivered directly to the desks of station personnel across the same platform digitally and automatically. Instead of spending time inserting and removing tape after tape to review and select content, multiple users can search or browse through video clips, and preview and select content from Pathfire’s desktop application almost effortlessly. Navigation among the numerous content providers and access to the video they supply is convenient and easy. Users simply select a content provider to access that provider’s materials.
About Pathfire (www.pathfire.com)
Pathfire is a leading business-to-business provider of digital media content distribution and management services. Our customers are media and entertainment companies who understand that delivering and managing content in a digital format can offer many advantages in terms of cost and efficiency. Through the Pathfire network, customers manage distribution of news, syndicated programming, stock footage, ads and other types of video content. Our suite of highly specialized, market-specific software applications can dramatically improve how our customers use this content in daily operations. Pathfire serves major broadcast networks, advertising agencies and other leading media companies. Our customers include ABC NewsOne, CBS, CNN Newsource, DWJ Television, Getty Images News Services and Image Bank Films, GTN, National Geographic Television, NBC, News Broadcast Network (NBN), Point.360, PR Newswire, Syncro Services, UMTV (an initiative of United Methodist Communications), Warner Bros and West Glen Communications.
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