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Videohouse expands automation/playout capability

6 October 2010

Belgian facilities company Videohouse has expanded its OmniBus Systems iTX automation and playout platform to 39 channels. The project was undertaken to facilitate the hosting of Telenet Digital TV channels for cable viewers in Flanders.

Videohouse went live on Aug. 19 with 14 Telenet SD and two HD channels, including the live sports channel Prime Sport 1 HD.

The company has used the iTX platform since 2007 to host channels for VITAYA, a lifestyle-themed channel, and the new expanded installation is configured for 16 + 16 redundant channels, with two preview channels. The iTX system provides full automation and playout, graphic logos and CG content, with up- and down-conversion of SD/HD channels and WSS signalling.

Telenet content is delivered to the iTX system at Videohouse mostly in file-based form, but for live sports coverage, iTX ingests the live HD content and plays it out with a short time delay while continuing to record the feed.
“Our experience with iTX over the past few years proves that it offers an outstanding combination of features, cost-effectiveness and easy integration into our existing systems,” said Dirk Theunis, technical and operations manager for Videohouse. “iTX gave us the ability to put together a very competitive and full-featured service that includes a live reactive channel, as well as streamlined handling of content duplication for delivery to SD and HD viewers.”

Laura Kirkland, strategic account manager of OmniBus Systems, added: “Videohouse was an early adopter of iTX in Europe, and we are very pleased that the platform has proved so successful for the company that it is transferring channels to iTX from legacy systems.”

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