Over the past decade, we have seen a large-scale multichannel explosion. New media aside, broadcasters’ main cash flow still comes from traditional playout delivery mechanisms.

While traditional playout systems tend to factor in a high degree of redundancy and failover to protect the cash register that drives the primary air channels, this is not always the case for other tiers of channels, where economics of operation may rule out the tried-and-tested approaches. In these cases, it is scary to think of all the unprotected chains and the dollars at risk should failures occur. Many businesses have a risk management side that contemplates how to address the impacts should failure occur.

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