Swiss Broadcaster La Télé Installs Aveco Playout Automation in Two Locations

La Télé, a regional broadcaster in Switzerland, has installed two Astra studio automation systems from Aveco in the cities of Lausanne and Fribourg that lets news teams at the two locations focus on the task of reporting and delivering the news, not on the technology being used.

Broadcast operations in Lausanne and Fribourg went live on-air with the new systems in September 2017.

Aveco Astra automation system gives us the features we need, but in a way that doesn’t interfere with our production workflows,” said Francois Vittoz, Technical Director for La Télé.” With the ability to communicate with our NRCS and MAM systems, Astra brings the entire operation together so that we can playout and deliver the best product to all our viewers, whether on-air, online, or mobile.”

The Aveco Astra automation system is integrated with a newsroom computer system (NRCS) from Octopus Newsroom, and an Incite media asset management (MAM) system from IMC Technologies, a Geneva-based systems integrator.

The new installation marks the first integration of the Aveco Astra automation system with Harmonic Spectrum X video servers in a live production environment. It also is tightly integrated with the open source CasparCG platform, including an ActiveX plugin developed by Aveco for common NRCS systems.

The integration includes the station’s MAM and NRCS systems, as well as delivering Aveco’s NRCS plugin for a CasparCG graphics system.

La Télé is the first privately owned channel in French-speaking Switzerland to broadcast news and general-interest magazines. Since starting broadcasting in 2009, La Télé has grown to a television audience of more than 55,000 unique average daily viewers, as well as viewers on its web and mobile platforms.

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