Pebble launches Freemium version of Pebble Control

Pebble Control Free is designed to “democratise” IP and hybrid broadcast environments, bringing IP connection management capabilities to a wider audience through Pebble’s new self-service portal.

Weybridge, Surrey, UK – April 21st, 2022: Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is launching a freemium version of Pebble Control, its self-contained, scalable, and easy-to-configure IP connection management system. Pebble Control Free is available to download from Pebble’s new self-service portal, giving the broadcast community the ability to take their first steps into IP autonomously.

The freemium version is designed to support broadcasters and production facilities of any size as they manage their transition from traditional broadcast infrastructures to more flexible IP-based technologies. It offers many of the same capabilities as Pebble Control but on a more modest scale, allowing users to explore their journey into IP in a way that works for them.

“Broadcasters and production facilities are under intense pressure to deliver new programming to a changing audience while dealing with increased competition from new services and content platforms,” said Miroslav Jeras, CTO at Pebble. “They’re doing all this while managing their own internal resources as they explore transitioning to an IP infrastructure. Each broadcaster or production facility is at a different point in their journey, so having the ability to implement a small-scale system enables them to upskill their teams, gain experience in how to build and operate these technologies, and test new ways of working.”

Pebble Control offers IP connection management at any scale without the need to deploy a bespoke enterprise solution. It leverages full support for the NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications) suite of protocols – produced by the Advanced Media Workflow Association to facilitate networked media for professional applications – and operates on web-based UIs. Designed to deliver immediate benefits to even the smallest IP facility, it interfaces with NMOS-enabled devices from multiple vendors on the network and is easily reconfigurable for when interconnections change or when devices are added or removed, essentially providing plug and play capability for IP networks. This new version, Pebble Control Free, allows users to seamlessly leverage interoperability in an IP world. They can test the waters and explore how easy it really is to manage and connect IP devices using the resources available on Pebble’s new self-service portal.

Alison Pavitt, Director of Sales and Marketing at Pebble commented: “Pebble has long championed the importance of open standards and Pebble Control Free is set to drive collaboration across the industry. Available free of charge to end users and vendors alike, it fills an important gap in the technology stack and makes IP connectivity as simple as SDI. As a successful specialist vendor with 22 years’ experience of listening to what the market needs, we’re happy to be giving back with this important tool which democratises access to IP and is set to drive collaboration across the industry.”

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About Pebble

At Pebble, we understand that efficiency, reliability, and sustainability are vital for playout operations, and we know that interoperability with multiple vendors, standards, and technologies is key. As a world leader in automation, integrated, IP, and virtualised playout technology, with systems installed in more than 70 countries worldwide and over 1500 channels played out under Pebble automation control,  we have the people, the process, and the technology that the broadcast market needs as it changes and adapts to compete with new entrants in the video media space.

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