PRSS Head Chronicles 2016 Accomplishments

Michael Beach characterizes last year as a successful one
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Michael Beach characterizes last year as a successful one

WASHINGTON � �I consider last year to be a success,� NPR Vice President of Distribution Michael F. Beach wrote in alettersummarizing Public Radio Satellite System�s 2016 and Q1 2017 milestones.

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Beach noted that the average reliability rate for PRSS�s live transmissions in 2016 stood at 99.99%; the system transmitted approximately 75,000 live episodes, 24,000 file-based episodes, 79,000 hours of live streams and 13,000 hours of file-based programs.

PRSS also focused on loudness, with PRSS standard compliance rates of 41% for live and 10% for file-based programs. The organization also released a freeloudness app, which may have contributed to this.

2016 saw the introduction ofMetaPub, a proprietary system for adding metadata to public radio content. More than 20 stations participated in the pilot program.

Nine upgrades to ContentDepot helped to improve �operability, efficiency and security,� according to Beach.

PRSS also worked with six stations to provide emergency metadata alerts during the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drills.

He also said the PRSS Help Desk handled more than 2,000 calls last year, the CPB board approved the PRSS funding request, the system achieved �unity gain across the network,� and added the Portal Sponsorship initiative.

So far in 2017, the MetaPub pilot program concluded and began to offer an emergency BACKUP service, as well as international internet streaming delivery and provided 24/7 NOC support for the Presidential inauguration. Also, ContentDepot has added new security and metadata features.


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