Pelmorex Media selects Open Broadcast Encoder for national HD upgrade Featured


(IBC, Amsterdam - 4.A61g) Pelmorex Media Inc., the parent company of The Weather Network and MeteoMedia, TV networks in Canada, has selected Open Broadcast Encoder (OBE) for its HD localisation upgrade. This upgrade allows Pelmorex to deliver an HD feed with local weather graphics to viewers across Canada. 

Running entirely on off-the-shelf Intel hardware, OBE allows for significant cost savings and flexibility over traditional hardware encoders. At its end, the deployment will be one of the largest uses in North America of software-encoders for broadcast contribution.


Working closely with Pelmorex's R&D and TV broadcast teams, Open Broadcast Systems ensured the software followed Canadian broadcast requirements to support the largest deployment of OBE with the MPEG-2 codec.

“Pelmorex chose OBE software because it provided us a flexible, high-performance, and cost-effective solution for broadcast TV encoding,“ said Alex Leslie, Chief Technology Officer of Pelmorex Media Inc.

“Pelmorex has been very ambitious in their plan to roll out OBE,” said Kieran Kunhya, Managing Director of Open Broadcast Systems Ltd, “It has been great to work with a team capable of pulling off such a feat”.

About Pelmorex Media Inc

Celebrating 26 years, Pelmorex Media Inc. is the parent company of The Weather Network, MétéoMédia, Eltiempo.es and Wetterplus.de. Pelmorex operates in Canada, the U.S., Spain, the U.K. and Germany. The Weather Network and its French counterpart MétéoMédia are Canada's most popular weather and information services on TV, web and smartphone apps. Eltiempo is Spain's leading multi-platform weather information provider. Pelmorex also operates Canada’s National Alerting Aggregation and Dissemination System (Alert Ready) which aggregates and distributes emergency alerts issued by authorized government agencies.

About Open Broadcast Systems Ltd

Open Broadcast Systems specialises in using off-the-shelf servers in high-quality, low-latency video contribution and distribution applications. Based on the Open Broadcast Encoder, an Open Source broadcast encoder, these products allow major cost savings as well as providing unrivalled flexibility in contribution applications. 


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