​La Télé Chooses Harmonic Playout

La Télé, a broadcast news channel based in Switzerland, has deployed a live and scheduled playout solution that uses Harmonic’s Spectrum X media server and Polaris Play automation to control scheduled playout operations and Aveco automation for live news coverage.

"Recently, we decided to upgrade our playout workflow. Having a powerful media server at the heart of our operations was a top priority," said Francois Vittoz, technical director at La Télé. "Harmonic offers the most critical component for any playout system — rock-solid reliability, along with extensive deployment experience and a stellar reputation in powering leading news channels. The Spectrum X media server simplifies our workflow, saving us money and allowing us to deliver higher quality branded programming to consumers."

The Spectrum X and Polaris system are integrated with a Chyro traffic system and IMC Technologies Incite MAM software.

During live events, video is recorded on the Spectrum X. The Aveco ASTRA automation system takes control of the Spectrum X and a Caspar CG system, allowing La Télé to brand its live programming with custom graphics. The Aveco system is also integrated with the Incite MAM and a newsroom computer system from Octopus.

"La Télé wanted a faster workflow, and upgrading its media asset management solution was a great way to achieve that," said Georges Nakhlé managing director at IMC Technologies. "Combining file and live ingest with integrated channel playout capabilities, Harmonic's Spectrum X system lowers La Télé's capital and operational costs. We designed and integrated a complete system for the channel that includes a simple traffic system and a robust media server."

"Our Spectrum X media server features high availability, making it ideal for a local news organization like La Télé, where it's important to get on-air quickly," said Ian Graham, vp of sales, EMEA and LATAM, at Harmonic. 

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