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Octopus makes news at Root Sports

The Czech newsroom computer system specialist Octopus has supplied and installed an Octopus6 NRCS for DirecTV Sports Networks, part of DirecTV, which operates three regional sports networks in the US branded as Root Sports.
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The Czech newsroom computer system specialist Octopus has supplied and installed an Octopus6 NRCS for DirecTV Sports Networks, part of DirecTV, which operates three regional sports networks in the US branded as Root Sports. The Octopus6 NRCS is already reported to be handling 10% of all Major League Baseball broadcasts. The Root Sports project required Octopus NRCS operation on the Mac OS X platform and has involved two installations, in Seattle and Pittsburgh. The delivered Octopus6 feature set includes the Tablet Client. It offers three distinct tablet views for Rundown, Anchor and Media, to make the live status of the NRCS available to those on the studio floor, including the director and anchor. “We are very excited about using the mobile applications and see Octopus being used by us at professional sports venues across the country. Octopus is the start of a Newsroom 2.0 Solution that Root Sports is building,” said Root Sports’s Chief Engineer, Tom Scholle. “Every customer in every country has unique requirements and building that flexibility into our NRCS has once again proved to be a winning formula,” added Petr Stokuc, CEO Octopus Newsroom (pictured). Octopus provides platform-independent newsroom computer systems for broadcast TV. Its latest version, Octopus6, is claimed to be “a cost-effective and reliable” system that runs on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux platforms. Octopus Newsroom systems have been successfully installed at more than 120 TV channels including: Al Jazeera English – Worldwide; Euronews in France; Fox Turkey; Aaj Tak in India; and RBC in Russia. Root Sports has three networks, based in Bellevue, Washington, Denver, Colorado, and Pittsburgh, Pensilvania, which are distributed in 18 states and hold exclusive regional telecast rights to more than twenty professional and collegiate teams, including the Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Utah Jazz, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers , Gonzaga University, West Virginia University, University of Denver and Seattle University. The Root Sports networks also have exclusive national distribution rights for the Big Sky Conference, as well as distributing Big 12, Pac-12, Mountain West, and Conference USA and other collegiate football and basketball games. David Fox www.octopus-news.comwww.rootsports.com

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