CHEK-TV Upgrades Newsroom with Octopus 8

Canadian broadcaster CHEK-TV has upgraded its newsroom with a new Octopus 8 newsroom computer system at its headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia. CHEK-TV, having recently celebrated 60 years of broadcasting, provides 24/7 news coverage of daily events.

Octopus Newsroom's Octopus 8 brings CHEK-TV fully up to date with a range of tools that make its news team's work easier, more enjoyable and much more flexible than before.

Available for Apple OS X, Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, Octopus 8 gives newsroom staff the ability to ingest all incoming audio, video and still-image files, news agency wires, RSS feeds, emails, SMS messages and even faxes. All content relating to a specific task can be seen in a single view. Octopus 8 is a fully MOS compliant system so can be integrated into any environment or workflow that supports the MOS protocol. The system can easily integrate with existing and new MOS devices. It fully supports the placeholder workflow, thumbnails and proxy preview, item status, channel assignments and many other commands.

Octopus 8 brings CHEK-TV fully up to date with a range of tools that make its news team's work easier, more enjoyable and much more flexible than before.

Octopus 8 brings CHEK-TV fully up to date with a range of tools that make its news team's work easier, more enjoyable and much more flexible than before.

“News consumption has expanded outside of the traditional broadcast sector and we wanted to find a news system that would allow us to get our stories and information out through social media and on-line quickly and easily while continuing to provide our traditional award-winning television broadcasts,” said Jason Sokoloski, CHEK-TV's Chief of Technology. “Octopus Newsroom provides all of these tools and more, and the ease of their system allows us to further expand and change with the times."

He added that today’s consumers want information fast and on a variety of platforms, which is facilitated by the Octopus Newsroom system.

The system was selected in a technology partnership with SAM. It includes 10 Octopus Newsroom client licenses for iOS/Android smartphones. The smartphones give reporters the freedom to deliver video and audio content straight back to our studio as well as capturing content as data files for later editing. CHEK-TV also commissioned nonlinear edit plug-ins for Octopus 8 and full social media integration.

The local Octopus distributor for British Columbia, Softech Workflow Solutions, worked closely with CHEK-TV on the upgrade project.

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