LifeNews and Life78 Scoop Competition with Latest Octopus Newsroom System

Russia’s LifeNews, a 24-hour television channel based in Moscow with a sister channel, Life78, that broadcasts from studios in St. Petersburg, have both installed the latest generation (version 8.0) newsroom computer system from Octopus Newsroom to streamline its content creation workflow and get news on air (and online) faster than they ever could before.

Owned by the News Media Holding company, the LifeNews television channel was launched in September 2013 and broadcast in standard- (16:9) and high-definition to a potential audience of 30 million viewers. Life78 commenced broadcasting in September 2015, also in SD and HD.

Arseny Kudryavtsev, technical advisor to the Life News CEO, said that the new Octopus 8 system is a “much higher level NRCS than the one we used before. It is flexible in configuration and a functionally very powerful tool that really helped to optimize our workflow.”

Both channels now have lots of room for future growth. The staff can quickly fine-tune the system to create new departments, implement radio and Internet broadcasting, and configure new programming schemes for its other regional branches.

“The mobile version of Octopus is very convenient for remote correspondent offices and rooms for announcers,” Kudryavtsev said. “The Octopus API allows us to integrate the NRCS more closely with our own developments and applications, such as web platforms, publishing, notification systems, planning and reporting.”

Moscow-based system integrator Studio Systems has supervised both NRCS installation and training projects. 

With its topic-centric workflow, the Octopus system helps different teams work collaboratively on current affairs programs and news items.

With its topic-centric workflow, the Octopus system helps different teams work collaboratively on current affairs programs and news items.

According to Gabriel Janko, Octopus Newsroom regional sales director, the management and engineering teams at Studio Systems have designed and installed a complete newsroom solution for each location, closely integrated with editing, graphics and playout infrastructure. Both channels are being upgraded from third-party equipment. Each newsroom operates entirely independently but has the option of connecting its respective Octopus 8 systems to allow fast and efficient sharing of content between the two sites."

The Octopus 8 system consists of a complete suite of newsroom computer software designed for use by television, radio and online news broadcasters. It allows easy ingest of all incoming source materials such as news agency wires, RSS feeds, emails, SMS messages or even faxes. Such feeds may also contain images, video files or audio files. Octopus 8 can also display all content belonging to a feed in a single view.

A powerful relational SQL database enables users to quickly find and retrieve program elements and incorporate them into late-breaking or current news stories. With its topic-centric workflow, the Octopus system helps different teams within TV, radio and online portals work collaboratively on current affairs programs and news items. Professionals from various departments can share information to deliver well-sourced stories quickly and accurately. Source materials, documents, photos, contacts or emails can be attached to each task and are archived alongside the final content. Users can allocate all of the stories and elements into one central location. The Octopus assignment desk helps organize and delegate tasks to one or multiple users, based on a modern planning calendar. The assignment desk delivers notifications, allows users to communicate with each other using the built in user-to-user messaging system and share files related to the task.

The Octopus 8 system also offers advanced features including visual story history and version comparison plus the ability to separate the spoken script from the technical information. Octopus samples each anchor's reading speed and then calculates the on-air time accurately as it feeds the teleprompter. It can be integrated into any environment and workflow that supports the MOS protocol. Octopus is designed to run natively on Apple Mac OS X, Linux or Windows so there is no need for a parallel operating system, additional licensing or remote sessions. Hot-standby servers can be added, offering automatic client switchover if the main Octopus server is offline. The hot-standby server is set up to run simultaneously with an identical primary server.

An easy to use REST API allows customers to build their own applications that can communicate and exchange certain data with the newsroom system. Manual and automated exports and imports are also supported.

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