Product Spotlight: Tightrope Media Systems Cablecast 6.3

Tightrope Media Systems announced version 6.3 of their comprehensive CablecastBroadcast Automation platform Cablecast. The new capabilities will feature a new IP input support for Cablecast Flex servers which allows users to bring in live feeds from remote locations over cost-effective IP networks without requiring decoder hardware, while expanded channel branding abilities enable the keying of rich visual elements and messages over live video sources.

“Our users love Cablecast’s ability to simplify their workflows and lower their operating costs,” said Steve Israelsky, VP Sales and Marketing, Tightrope Media Systems. “With version 6.3, we’re extending these efficiencies to minimize their need for supporting equipment while maximizing the value of their Cablecast investment. The new IP input support aligns perfectly with the industry’s accelerating trend towards IP-based production workflows, while live channel branding lets customers enhance their broadcasts without the high cost of standalone keyers.”

The live channel branding feature is included with the Cablecast 6.3 upgrade, which is free for customers with an up to date Cablecast Flex support agreement. The new 6.3’s version will feature a new RTP input option which enables Cablecast Flex servers to directly ingest H.264-encoded RTP streams, letting producers deliver live feeds of events such as sporting matches and council meetings from remote sites over an IP network without needing a dedicated receiver or decoder unit.

The new branding capability enables Cablecast Flex servers to perform station logo bugs, text crawls and graphics over live input sources, saving broadcasters money by eliminating the need for costly external keying equipment. Complementing Cablecast’s existing ability to apply such branding during playout of file-based content, the new live overlay features also help customers ensure that critical emergency messages are displayed to community viewers regardless of whether the channel is showing live or pre-recorded programming. Live branding can be applied to both SDI and IP-based inputs.

For more information on Tightrope Media Systems checkout:  Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at

About Tightrope Media Systems

Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. With its Cablecast portfolio, the company provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand and live streaming, while its Carousel Digital Signage system powers on-premise content and out-of-home networks across multiple business verticals. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world.

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