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Telestream chosen for new Fox production centre in London

London production and distribution centre adopts file-based workflows, meets OTT content provision challenge and establishes DPP-compliant content supply chain to leading UK broadcasters

Telestream’s Vantage media processing and intelligent workflow automation platform has been installed at the new Fox International Channel (FIC) Europe and Africa production and distribution centre in Hammersmith, London.

“Today broadcasters must be able to supply many different pipelines with content – from OTT to VoD, linear, web and multi-platform deliveries. To do this effectively, we need to rely on a robust and flexible infrastructure and this is exactly what Telestream Vantage gives us,” said Maurizio Raffaeli, director, broadcast operations and IT, Italy at Fox International Channels.

A major requirement of the Vantage platform at Fox International Channel Europe and Africa is to create DPP-compliant file-based content for delivery by FIC to UK broadcasters. When FIC started the design of its new London production Centre an important consideration was the new Digital Production Partnership (DPP) initiative, which its UK client broadcasters were preparing to adopt. During an intensive two-month testing period with Sky UK, DPP files created using Vantage proved to be reliable.

“From its flexibility, extensive format capabilities, scalability and third party workflow interoperability, Vantage has proved to be an elegant and sophisticated platform for our growing operations,” explained Mauro Panella, executive director – head of broadcast operations, IT and facilities, Italy, Germany and UK at Fox International Channels.

Vantage is already employed in Fox International Channels’ Italian and Spanish production centres. In order to complete pre-installation evaluation and testing, Boxer engineers remotely constructed the Vantage workflow at FIC Italy’s production centre while the new Hammersmith facility was still under construction.

The workflow integrates Telestream’s Vantage Transcode Pro Connect and Analysis options running on standard Windows Servers alongside a Dalet media asset management (MAM) system. “We’re pleased with the seamless integration of Vantage alongside the Dalet MAM system where our operators can create, test and implement a new encoding workflow on the Vantage user interface including calling up assets from the Dalet MAM,” added Raffaeli.