The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-10-19T21:55:26Z Prime Media Group Selects MediaHub for Nationwide Television Playout 2016-10-19T21:55:26Z prime-media-group-selects-mediahub-for-nationwide-television-playout Prime Media Group (PRIME) has selected MediaHub for its Australia-wide television playout. MediaHub will playout over 60 television channels as well as provide critical connectivity between Prime’s Canberra facility and MediaHub’s Sydney HQ. PRIME Media Group General Manager Operations Shane Wood said, “MediaHub is the clear leader in the provision of television playout managed services and we are certain of MediaHub’s ability to provide outstanding continuity of service.” Under the new arrangement parallel playout operations will begin by 1 November 2016 and a go live date has been set for 1 December 2016. MediaHub CEO Alan Sweeney said, “MediaHub has been working with PRIME for a number of years, seeking to leverage new broadcast technologies which would enhance PRIME’s broadcast operations. We welcome PRIME to MediaHub and look forward to delivering them benefits from our multi-client broadcast facility including playout, streaming, connectivity, MCR and archive services utilising the latest and most innovative technologies.” www.mediahubaustralia.com MediaHub Wins Excellence in Innovation and Regional Business of the Year at NSW Business Chamber Awards 2016-09-19T22:48:06Z mediahub-wins-excellence-in-innovation-and-regional-business-of-the-year-at-nsw-business-chamber-awards MediaHub Australia has, for the second year running, won the NSW Business Chamber Award for the Macarthur Region Regional Business of the Year. MediaHub also won in the in the category of Excellence in Innovation which it previously won in 2014.  MediaHub CEO Alan Sweeney said, “To win the ultimate Regional Business of the Year award two years in a row was a particularly pleasing win and reflects the incredible work that all MediaHub employees do. It has not been achieved before. We now go to the State Awards in November with buoyed optimism.” To win the Excellence in Innovation award MediaHub had to prove new innovation and an innovative approach to an existing practice or problem. Sweeney continued, “The Australian media landscape and the way people consume television content is in a fast-paced state of evolution and none more so than in the past 24-months. We have seen the establishment of digital free-to-air television with more free-to-air television channels than ever before. This prompted MediaHub to innovate its product offering by building new systems and increasing storage to accommodate these new channels as well as ensure the changeover of existing channels to HD was seamless to the television viewing public.” Behind the scenes over the last twelve months this was the commencement of a massive shift in technology, ultimately revolutionising the way MediaHub does business and positioning it to significantly increase its product offering. Sweeney added, “MediaHub was originally established as a partnership between the ABC and WIN TV to manage channel playout services - i.e. transmit television content from the television stations to the audience - around Australia. Since establishing in 2010, the company has expanded significantly with most of that growth and diversification happening in the past 24 months in line with Australia’s fast-moving changing media landscape. We now provide over 320 broadcast and live streaming services for both television and radio to local, national and international audiences.” MediaHub’s services, provided in a 24/7 operation, have grown over the past 24 months to now include media asset management; archive storage and management; video on demand and transcoding services, audio description (for vision impaired television users), closed captions (for hearing impaired), virtualisation, live television and radio streaming, and digital content distribution. Alan Sweeney concluded, “Our business growth has come from considerable investment in new technology which allowed us to increase and dramatically diversify our range of services and in turn has attracted new clients.Our investment in new cutting-edge technology has not only prompted business growth with new clients and new services, it has also contributed to significant efficiencies throughout the organisation, with the ability to create and integrate new long term channels in weeks rather than months, while pop up channel requirements can now be met in hours rather than days.” MediaHub Implements Disaster Recovery for Imparja Television 2016-07-18T01:35:13Z mediahub-implements-disaster-recovery-for-imparja-television Despite what many might think it does actually rain in the red centre and when it does the results can often be devastating. This was the case recently when Alice Springs-based broadcaster Imparja TV was flooded. Such was the damage that Imparja’s broadcast playout partner, MediaHub Australia, had to step in with a disaster recovery initiative to keep the broadcaster on air. MediaHub CEO Alan Sweeney explained, “Imparja’s sensitive television scheduling systems were extensively damaged by localised flooding in Alice Springs causing an inability to provide the programming schedules to us, their broadcast playout facility partner, based in Sydney. Fortunately we are prepared for any such event and stepped in to keep things running.” The extreme weather event caused extensive flooding which in turn affected network connectivity and had a knock-on effect on the File Transfer Protocol systems that provide the vital link for the provision of data between Imparja and MediaHub. Sweeney continued, “The team at Imparja really stepped up but due to the flooding were unable to provide the programming schedules that, once processed at MediaHub, enable the transmission of their signal to over one million resident viewers via an extensive broadcast footprint of over 3.6 million square kilometres spanning six states and territories. To rectify this MediaHub Australia utilised existing past programming schedules and reformatted and recreated them for playout for the duration of Imparja’s technical emergency. This meant no loss of broadcast or air time.” As a result of MediaHub’s intervention what is normally a highly automated system was turned into a manually managed project with a finite window in which the scheduling operation could be completed successfully. Processes were put in place to build the required schedules, incorporating both automated and human data entry. Alan Sweeney concluded, “This was a real rescue and recovery mission. Staff at MediaHub Australia and at Imparja worked extremely well together to ensure the continuous transmission of the Imparja Television service and as a result of MediaHub staff’s technical proficiency and agility, Imparja TV’s transmission to its viewership was seamless and unaffected even with their facilities being largely inoperative due to extensive flooding. This meant that during a time of hardship for many people affected by the severe weather, important and vital regional news was broadcast as per normal.” MEDIAHUB AUSTRALIA NAMED 2015 NSW EMPLOYER OF CHOICE 2015-12-16T23:06:43Z mediahub-australia-named-2015-nsw-employer-of-choice MediaHub Australia, the television playout facility which broadcasts over 170 channels across Australia and the Asia-Pacific, has been named 2015 NSW Employer of Choice by the state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber. Sponsored by CareSuper, the NSW Business Chamber’s Employer of Choice Award recognises businesses that have put in place strategies and initiatives to create a stimulating and supportive work environment for their employees. MediaHub Australia CEO Alan Sweeney said, “We are absolutely delighted to have won the NSW Business Chamber’s Employer of Choice Award. We put a significant amount of effort into our employees’ development and the development of their workplace so this award is a great validation of those efforts.” MediaHub Australia received the award at a gala dinner on Friday evening in Sydney attended by more than 1000 guests in recognition of its sustained efforts to improve the wellbeing of its employees. Current initiatives include company funded team-building events, subsidised gym memberships and other health-focused employee benefits. MediaHub Australia also has an employee recognition program, which through peer nominations recognises an Employee of the Year, Rising Star and Quiet Achiever.The combined result of these initiatives has been a reduction in employee absenteeism by nearly one working day per employee and improved staff retention with almost 90% of the current senior team already chalking up three or more years with the business. NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive Stephen Cartwright congratulated MediaHub Australia for taking out top honours in the prestigious Employer of Choice category saying, “MediaHub Australia has clearly worked incredibly hard to establish a stimulating and supportive work environment that prioritises the wellbeing of staff and ensures they feel valued. This is a fantastic achievement for MediaHub Australia, and sets an excellent example for other organisations across the state.” FOX International Channels chooses MediaHub Australia playout platform 2015-10-21T00:28:12Z fox-international-channels-chooses-mediahub-australia-playout-platform FOX International Channels Australia, a division of 21st Century FOX, recently chose MediaHub Australia as its playout platform for all of its channels throughout Australia and New Zealand including the entertainment channel FX, and factual channels National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo People.  FIC develops, produces and distributes 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FIC Director of Technical Operations Stephen Lloyd said, “FIC was seeking a 21st century, high-quality, technology-led, efficient Australian-based full service media playout operation.  We found that and more in MediaHub, who demonstrated a great can-do working culture with the ability to be flexible and responsive ensuring we get the best on-air presentation for our viewers which is what matters most. I look forward to a productive partnership in the years ahead.” Lloyd continued, “Not only did MediaHub meet and exceed every one of our requirements but they did so with a fully working and operational demo in twenty four hours. It really was quite impressive to see our channels up and running as if they had been with MediaHub for some time.” The demo consisted of a full workflow and playout of channels that included ingest, storage, data centre services, media asset management, QC, system integration, and playout. The implementation began in what was an incredibly tight timeframe from signing contracts to parallel broadcast operations. A fact and a feat not lost on Lloyd who remarked, “In just eight weeks MediaHub have managed to provide the total Australia and New Zealand playout platform and services for all FIC channels with very a compelling SLA target. This includes full data centre services for FIC, presentation, monitoring, logging and delivery of all feeds to Foxtel and SKY NZ. “ MediaHub Australia CEO Alan Sweeney said, “We are absolutely delighted to have an organisation of Fox International Channels’ stature as a partner and to be handling and managing the playout for all of their channels. Not only are the Fox International Channels premium channels, but their decision to partner with MediaHub further validates our offering to the market in general. MediaHub is open for business and very ready to manage new channels and data services as the market requires.” The FX, Nat Geo (to Foxtel and SKY NZ), Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo People channels will be live and on air through MediaHub on 1 December 2015. For more information on FIC go to: http://foxinternationalchannels.com