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Videohouse goes live with Omnibus

21 November 2007

OmniBus Systems has announced that Belgian facilities company Videohouse is broadcasting three channels with software playout and automation system OmniBus iTX. Vitaya, a lifestyle-themed channel, health channel Vitaliteit and a third property-themed channel are now hosted on iTX, writes David Fox.

“We wanted a solution that could deliver high production values and interface readily with our traffic and Avid systems,” said Dirk Theunis, technical and operations manager, Videohouse. “Another important factor was iTX’s ability to deal with different formats within the same playlist, since we are looking at upgrading some of the content on these channels to HD. iTX offers a very flexible and inexpensive path up to HD broadcasting.”

Videohouse’s iTX solution comprises the three main on-air channels with logo generation and graphics, an ingest channel and a backup channel. Secondary events are scheduled by the traffic system with dynamic CGs added in iTX. Content from the Avid systems is transferred automatically to the iTX storage for insertion into the playlists. Vitaya is a SD premium channel available to all viewers and includes letterbox and anamorphic content, while Vitaliteit and the property channel are digital.

iTX is a software-based broadcast production and transmission solution that uses standard IT hardware and advanced software technology to provide all the functionality of a traditional broadcast playout chain integrated into a file-based environment and equally capable of linear broadcasting, IPTV streaming and VOD content generation.

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