Originally Posted by videojanitor
That's one part of this puzzle I've never understood. Although at the station level, we all take our files from the Pathfire server, it was never clear to me WHO was sending those files. ie: Does Warner Bros. directly send their shows to the server, or do they send them to Pathfire first, and then THEY send them to the stations?
Do you not have two Pathfire servers at your station? One to ingest the stuff from the Warner Bros mux and one to ingest from the CBS mux?
Warner Bros. has control of the Pathfire mux and CBS has control of their Pathfire mux.
As mentioned, Paramount stage 30 TOC was creating the Pathfire files for their stuff, which they would then send down fiber to CBS Televison City LA, who would then get the files to NY to place onto the Pathfire server for ultimate delivery to the stations. For Warner Bros. it has to be easier, since everything is located in LA.
What I did not find out, is if Pathfire staff actually handled the servers, or if Warner Bros./CBS staff handled the servers.
A call to Pathfire would solve that.
But BDFox18doe has mentioned getting phone calls from Pathfire regarding local affiliate server errors, so it seems that Pathfire staff is still in the loop, even though the actual uplinking is done by Warner Bros./CBS.
We still get files for all kinds of shows that we don't run anymore -- and nobody seems to know how to get them to STOP sending! It's a real annoyance, as I have to keep going into our air servers and manually find/delete the stuff.
It is interesting that Pathfire can't keep the IP delivery table up-to-date. In case there are those here that do not know, Pathfire files use a delivery system sorta equal to the internet. Each site has a unique address, just like your computer having a unique IP address. The Pathfire servers are sent control files with a list of pitches they are allowed to keep. For example, if a station has the contract to air Jeopardy!
, the Pathfire server is told that when it "sees" the address for Jeopardy!
, it is supposed to save it on the server. But, if the show isn't in the list, it is just supposed to dump the data into the bit bucket.
Now, in this example. the numb-nuts at the CBS Pathfire uplink server have not been told that station A no longer has the contract and to stop sending to them, even though they were obviously told that station B now does. So, stations A and B, in the same market are getting the show.
Obviously they can be told to start delivery and if a station complains that they didn't get the pitch, the table has to be updated and the show resent. Someone must not be thinking if B is now getting it, A sure as Hell shouldn't and should find out why. The fact that you can't get anyone at Pathfire to fix your table is just plain rediculous.
And one wonders why Pathfire is so loved by everyone