Imagine Communications Extends Playout Facilities for France Télévisions

Imagine Communications Extends Playout Facilities for France Télévisions
September 14, 2018 Betty Osborne

[AMSTERDAM, 13 September 2018]


Software-centric installations in Tahiti and Mayotte benefit from tight integration between Versio playout and Lora Solutions traffic systems


Imagine Communications has extended its playout installations for France Télévisions Outre-Mer (France Ô), the service of France Télévisions which broadcasts to overseas territories. France Ô already uses Imagine Communications Versio™ playout for 12 channels broadcast from Paris; the new contract adds installations in Tahiti, serving the Polynesian Islands in the Pacific, as well as Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.


At each site there are two Versio networks — main and backup — providing playout, graphics, subtitling and master control switching. All functionality is provided as microservices-based software, running in the Imagine Communications Zenium™ environment. The networks support both IP and SDI content feeds.


A key requirement for the two new remote installations was to enable a seamless workflow between the playout system and France Ô’s traffic and scheduling system from Lora Solutions. To achieve the slick workflow France Ô required, Imagine Communications collaborated with Lora Solutions, who integrated some Versio metadata to allow intelligent, reliable and speedy content exchange between the two systems.


“Before we implemented the Versio software solution, we undertook a careful proof-of-concept to be sure that it would seamlessly support a hybrid environment,” said Erwan Roth, CTO of France Télévisions Outre-Mer. “Our Paris installation has been on air for more than a year now and is delivering the capex and opex savings we sought, as well as meeting all our quality requirements. When Imagine Communications and Lora Solutions showed they could provide the integration we were looking for, we decided to move forward with a Versio automated playout environment in Mayotte and Tahiti.”


Imagine Communications’ Mathias Eckert, SVP and GM EMEA and APAC, Playout & Networking, added, “Our microservices approach and the Zenium environment allow us to readily add functionality and unique workflows by simply expanding the capabilities of our software solution. In this case, it enabled us to work with Lora Solutions to create a clever workflow that gives France Ô staff intuitive control over content movements, playlists and as run logs.”


The Paris playout centre has been on air with its Versio platform since the summer of 2017. The Tahiti facility came online in May 2018, and Mayotte will be completed towards the end of 2018.


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