Sinclair migrates playout to the cloud with AmagiFriday, April 14th, 2023
Sinclair Selects Amagi as Partner in Migrating Local Broadcast Automation and Playout to the Cloud
- Amagi and Sinclair to Launch First Fully Integrated and Cloud-Based Over-the-Air Station Playout Origination
NEW YORK — Amagi, the global leader in cloud-based SaaS technology for broadcast and connected TV, today announced that Sinclair Broadcast Group (Sinclair) will deploy Amagi’s solutions to migrate from the on-premise playout of its local broadcast stations to the cloud. The deployment will help Sinclair to optimize its media operations, enhance business agility, and significantly reduce the risk of maintaining its legacy on-premise systems.
“For Sinclair and its stations, we needed a platform that would align with our vision for transformation in our media operations,” said Mike Kralec, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Sinclair. “We’ve successfully partnered with Amagi in the past and their proven track record of deploying playout systems in the cloud, along with our combined success in deploying proof-of-concept and test environments, demonstrated their ability to be that transformational platform for us. We’re beyond happy to work with them as we get this new playout environment underway.”
Broadcasters have traditionally run their automation and playout systems on-premise at the local broadcast station which, at scale, can lead to uniquely differentiated workflows, duplication in media operations, management of multiple different playout systems, and high costs in fixed architectures that don’t quickly or easily adapt to business requirements. To unify their environment while maintaining rigorous and resilient architecture requirements, Sinclair will use Amagi’s flagship products: Amagi CLOUDPORT channel playout platform; Amagi LIVE News and Sports Orchestration platform; Amagi’s smart hitless switcher; and the Amagi MONITORING solution for their playout, playlist, and ingest monitoring. Evolved to suit the fast-paced needs and hectic workflows of traditional broadcast, Amagi’s full technology stack will improve Sinclair’s resiliency and enable the company to upgrade service capabilities at a much faster rate than what is possible on-premise.
Del Parks, President of Technology at Sinclair, said, “As Sinclair continues our cloud media transformation, we are looking forward to partnering with Amagi and incorporating their vast capabilities into our technical operations, including our deployment of ATSC 3.0, NextGen Broadcast.”
Amagi and Sinclair will together launch — for the first time — over-the-air (OTA) local broadcast station affiliate playout origination in the cloud, which is set to go live for the first channel in June 2023 with continuous rollout through 2025. This event will mark the first large-scale, cloud-based playout solution by a major broadcaster in the U.S. for local terrestrial broadcast networks. To meet the ever-changing needs of these networks, Amagi will continue to scale and evolve its Amagi CLOUDPORT solution over time working closely with Sinclair.
“The broadcast industry is rapidly changing, and with these changes, broadcasters will need improved agility, cloud resiliency, cost savings, and unified workflows,” said Srinivasan KA, Co-founder at Amagi. “Our work with Sinclair signifies a shift in the options and opportunity that the cloud can finally bring to broadcasters of all origination needs. By understanding the principles of performing traditional ground operations in the cloud, Amagi is poised to become the industry leader in affiliate-level cloud broadcasting.”