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Canal Plus to turn 110,000 hours of tape archive into streaming content

IMES expects to digitise approximately 95,000 tapes over the next three years

Canal Plus is working with Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (IMES) to digitise 110,000 hours of archive content for use on its streaming platforms.

The broadcaster’s tape archive, totalling approximately 500,000 tapes, has been in the care of IMES since 2002.

IMES will use its storage and logistics capabilities as well as its new Media Asset Management (MAM) platform Smart Vault from IMES to provide a one-stop digital content repository that ensures that originals are secure offline, while digital copies are easy to access and distribute, said the company.

The Canal Plus Smart Vault instance enables remote review of the digital collection as well as of the related metadata.

IMES expects to digitise approximately 95,000 tapes over the next three years, with the physical assets remaining at IMES in France.

Albert Sellem, director of operations at Canal Plus, said: “Broadcasters are faced with a huge demand for streaming content, so it makes sense to repurpose our valuable existing assets to answer that demand. IMES’ expert team knows our content, understands our stringent quality requirements and is able to accommodate time-sensitive requests to deliver the content we need with precision and efficiency.”

“We are thrilled to have been awarded this opportunity to evolve our existing 20-year relationship caring for Canal Plus’s physical media archive into a partnership that involves both digitisation of those assets and long-term digital preservation, as well,” added Lance Podell, SVP and general manager for Iron Mountain Entertainment Services.