Fox International Channel Chooses Telestream Processing for UK Production Center

Fox International Channel (FIC) has deployed a Vantage media processing and intelligent workflow automation platform from Telestream at its new European and African production and distribution center in Hammersmith, London.

Designed and installed by Telestream’s UK channel partner, Boxer Systems, a file-based workflow has been installed that meets numerous content processing, transcoding and transformation needs from linear broadcasts to web publishing of video clips and VOD material conversion.

Maurizio Raffaeli, Director, Broadcast Operations & IT, Italy at Fox International Channels, said they had a need 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.

A major requirement of the Vantage platform at Fox International Channel Europe & 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 Centrer 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 technically advanced and totally reliable.

Fox International Channels Europe & Africa has worked with Telestream since 2008 and has deployed Vantage in their Italian and Spanish production centers. In order to complete pre-installation evaluation and testing, Boxer engineers remotely constructed the Vantage workflow at FIC Italy’s production center while the new Hammersmith facility was still under construction.

FIC reports that the new file-based workflow was successfully migrated to London and is now fully operational. 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.

The seamless integration of Vantage includes a Dalet MAM system, allowing operators to create, test and implement a new encoding workflow on the Vantage user interface including calling up assets from the Dalet MAM.

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