PBS to give VOD a chance
WHYY, a group of PBS member stations serving the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region, is getting into the video-on-demand (VOD) business.
WHYY said it will leverage the QuickSilver Agility VOD Workstation to produce and distribute programming for on-demand distribution. SeaChange International developed the platform in partnership with Anystream Inc.
WHYY, which serves southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey and is already offering programs on-demand via a partnership with Comcast Cable, said it aims to act as a service bureau for other PBS stations, and help them encode their local and national shows for VOD.
"We're already targeting 120 local and national WHYY productions for on-demand availability," said WHYY VP for Content Distribution & Chief Technology Officer Bill Webber.
The QuickSilver Agility platform is designed to automate the process of preparing content for on-demand distribution. The system ingests files from storage or editing workstations, then inserts metadata, branding messages and promos. From there, each title is processed into CableLabs-compliant packages.