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Indians pay more for Netflix than Japanese, Canadians but get less number of movies

Indians pay more for Netflix than Japanese, Canadians but get less number of moviesIn a list of top 10 cheapest countries to watch Netflix, India is at the last spot. Netflix India subscription plan, which begins at a monthly price of Rs 500, is however cheaper than the US and UK but is expensive than Japan and Canada. Netflix India’s library of movies and shows is also not as extensive, according to a report.

Although lower than major markets like the US, UK and European countries, video streaming platform Netflix is priced higher in India than 9 other countries, including Japan and Canada. According to a research report by Comparitech.com, Netflix’s India monthly subscription plan, which begins from Rs 500, is the 10th cheapest among a list of 24 countries.

A country-by-country comparison of Netflix subscription plans shows that the cheapest place to watch Netflix is Turkey. At a monthly cost of just $3.27, it is almost 60% cheaper than the US and UK. Turkey is followed by Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Colombia and Canada. “In fact, on a cost-per-month basis, the US and UK don’t fare too well, with the US ranking as the 26th cheapest place and the UK as the 25th. This is probably due to Netflix using the US, UK, Canada et. all to subsidize its growth elsewhere,” the report said.

The size of the Netflix library also varies from country to country. Due to its extensive library of anime, Japan has the largest number of movies and shows — about 6,000.

India, on the other hand, gets about 5,000 Netflix titles, out of which about 3,500 are movies.
The subscription plan of Netflix, which has already made a profit of Rs 20 lakh in its second year of India operations, has been debated as two of its closest competitors — Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar — have much cheaper plans costing Rs 999 per year.

The world’s No.1 OTT platform, which has announced that it has no plans to lower subscription rates in India, is however going to test mobile-only plan in some countries like Malaysia. If the mobile-only subscription plan works out in India, then the entry-level subscription plan may automatically become cheaper. The existing basic plan for Netflix, priced at Rs 500 per month, allows a subscriber to watch movies and shows on laptop, phone, tablet and even TV.

Netflix India has 5 web series and a feature film scheduled soon for release. The web series comprises sports drama Selection Day co-produced by actor Anil Kapoor arriving in December; feminist drama Leila directed by Deepa Mehta, adaptations of books Midnight’s Children and Bard of Blood—the latter stars Emraan Hashmi and is co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan—and Baahubali:Before the Beginning, a spin-off of the iconic film franchise. A feature film called Rajma Chawal directed by Leena Yadav will also stream soon. (Source:Mint)

Delay in BharatNet project leads to transfer of key officials at DoT

Delay in BharatNet project leads to transfer of key officials at DoTThe delay in the implementation of BharatNet project has led to Department of Telecom (DoT) Secretary Aruna Sundararajan taking tough action over the last few days. Between November 1 and 14, Sundararajan transferred eight senior officials, including Deputy Director Generals (DDG) and Joint Administrative Officers at DoT, to other departments or branches across States with immediate effect, sources told BusinessLine.

USOF connection
Most of the transferred officials were part of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), and were among the keys persons in charge of the project, which is meant to connect all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats (GPs) in the country by March 2019.

The role of USOF, under the DoT, is to provide widespread and non-discriminatory access to quality information communication services (internet) at affordable prices to people in rural and remote areas.

The transferred USOF officials are SK Gupta, Senior DDG (Licensing Finance Policy, DoT headquarters); Mahmood Ahmed, Joint Administrator (USOF, DoT headquarters); Sudhir Bhandari, DDG (USOF); Lalit Gangal, DDG (USOF); and Mohammed Mahomood Ur Rehman, Director (USOF) – they have been transferred to other States or other branches in the DoT headquarters itself, sources said.

BusinessLine tried to reach out to some of these officials, but they were unavailable for comments.

The transfers came after many review meetings by both Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha and Secretary Sundararajan, in which they found poor operations and maintenance and utilisation of BharatNet infrastructure.

This also forced Sundararajan to also write a harsh letter on November 2 to both Sanjay Singh, CMD of BBNL, and Anupam Srivastava, CMD of BSNL, saying that extensive field reports found “non-functioning of connectivity provided in 80-90 per cent of the GPs as well as massive under-utilisation/non-utilisation of the project”.

Key infra companies
Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) are the main infrastructure companies under the government undertaking the project. However, as of October, only 1.15 lakh GPs are service-ready, and though clear utilisation target has already been set, the actual utilisation on the ground is understood to be less than 10 per cent of the target. (Source: The Hindu BusinessLine)

How subscription model is a test of loyalty for companies like Netflix, Hotstar

How subscription model is a test of loyalty for companies like Netflix, HotstarHarsha Annadurai does not like pirated content. It is no surprise, then, that he is a big fan of video and audio streaming services. So much so that the 23-year-old is a subscriber to Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime and Apple Music. That may seem like a lot of subscriptions but it is not. Just ask around and you will find more people with as many or even more media subscriptions. What’s more, streaming platforms, or media broadly, are not the only services Indians are subscribing to these days. Annadurai, for instance, paid Rs 1,899 in February for an annual subscription to Zomato Gold.

With this, he could get two drinks free on an order of as many drinks or 1+1 on food at select restaurants. “I’m pretty sure I saved that money in the first two months,” says Annadurai, who works for a Bengaluru-based marketing software startup. Zomato Gold is available in 20 cities and has over 6 lakh subscribers.

In the pre-internet age, subscriptions were largely limited to newspapers and magazines. But now, besides the likes of Netflix and Zomato Gold, you can subscribe to a range of products and services — from artisanal coffee to cosmetics, cold-pressed juice to cars.

While there is no data available on the overall subscription market in India, since it is in its early stages, it is clear that more and more brands want in on it, helped in no small measure by the wide variety of payment options. It is a true test of consumer loyalty, especially monthly subscriptions. If the subscriber does not see value in it, she is not going to renew it, which means brands have to constantly measure up to expectations.

Video and audio streaming services have to be credited with getting Indians comfortable with subscription. Revenues from subscription to streaming platforms are set to grow five times, from Rs 390 crore in 2017 to Rs 2,100 crore in 2020, according to a report by Ficci, an industry body, and EY, a consultancy.

In 2017, there were 87.6 million music streaming users, more than a third of whom were subscribers, according to the Ficci-EY report, and 27.1 million video streaming users in India, according to Statista. It is not clear how many video subscribers there are in all. But according to IHS Markit, a market research firm, Netflix had 5.2 lakh subscribers in India at 2017-end, and Amazon had 6.1 lakh. Hotstar has 1.6 million, according to the Financial Times. Netflix is the priciest of all three, with its monthly subscriptions ranging from Rs 499 to Rs 799.

Amazon and Hotstar charge Rs 129 and Rs 199 a month, respectively, and Rs 999 for an annual subscription. An Amazon Prime subscription includes faster delivery and its video and audio streaming services.

Subscribing to all these may not really come cheap but people like Annadurai find a way around it by sharing it with friends and family. Annadurai shares his Netflix subscription with three friends and has opted for the six-member family plan of Apple Music, at Rs 199/month. A recent survey of over 1,800 video streaming subscribers in India by Pixights, a research and consultancy firm, found that 80% of them share their subscription.

If streaming services are in some sense an extension of cable TV, then gyms have given way to niche fitness centres and apps. Cult, cofounded by Mukesh Bansal of Myntra fame, offers subscriptions ranging from Rs 14,990 for 3 months to Rs 36,990 a year to its fitness centres. GoQii, which competes with Cult for your fitness budget, bundles plans with its wearable device, starting at Rs 1,999 for 3 months and going up to Rs 5,999 for 12 months. A fitness coach stays in touch with the subscriber through the GoQii app. (Source: Economic Times)

Netflix to produce more original Indian titles

Netflix to produce more original Indian titles Lines up 21 new productions, including series and movies SINGAPORE, NOVEMBER 9. Riding high on the success of its first original series, Sacred Games’ in India, media-tech giant Netflix Inc plans to double its expansion in the market. Responding to a query from BusinessLine, Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer,said, “You have seen the impact of ‘Sacred Games’ and it is the testimony to the production value and quality of story telling that differentiates Netflix from other services. That is something that we are going to double and triple down on by expanding our regional investments dramatically in the next few years.”

The Los Gatos-headquartered company had announced the production of its first ever original Indian series ‘Sacred Games’ starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in 2016. In the same year it announced its first original movie ‘Love Per Square Feet’. The company has a line up of about 21 new productions, a combination of series and movies, for the next one year, adding the total number of original Indian titles to 28.

According to Sarandos, India is witnessing a growth similar to the growth that Brazil saw seven years ago and that Netflix’s plan to acquire the next 100 million subscribers would come with a focus in India, Korea and Japan. At present, it has about 60 million subscribers in the US market and about 70 million in the international market. The company doesn’t share its country specific subscriber base.

However, industry experts, say that the subscriber base in India would be much less given the fact that its pricing is expensive and largely restricted to the metro cities at a time when its competitors Amazon, Hotstar and Zee5 have been playing a volume game with low pricing strategy. Amazon Prime charges about Rs 999 per year while Netflix’s subscription starts from Rs 500 per month. While Amazon with 10 million subscribers, is yet to break even in the Indian market, Netflix has already turned profitable.

According to its financial data sourced from Tofler, Netflix has reported a profit of ₹20.2 lakh in fiscal year 2018. Its revenues stood at ₹58 crore. However this numbers are only for seven months since September last year.

The company will also focus a lot on regional movies, with the first onea Marathi movie called ‘15th August’, produced by actress Madhuri Dixit. It is also making a multilingual prequel of the blockbuster fantasy period drama ‘Bahubali- Before the beginning’. The company’s immediate release next month is Rishi Kapoor starrer Rajma Chawal. Its previous movies include Ghoul, Brij Mohan Amar Rahe, Little Things and Brahman Naman.(Source: The Hindu BusinessLine)

Airtel offers Rs 300 discount on Rs 399 postpaid plan

Airtel offers Rs 300 discount on Rs 399 postpaid planThe Sunil Bharti Mittal-led Bharti Airtel has announced a new offer for its postpaid customers. Under this new deal, Airtel offers a total discount of Rs 50 for its users on its Rs 399 myPlan Infinity postpaid recharge.

The Sunil Bharti Mittal-led Bharti Airtel has announced a new offer for its postpaid customers. Under this new deal, Airtel offers a total discount of Rs 50 for its users on its Rs 399 myPlan Infinity postpaid recharge. The said discount will be provided to the customers in form of Rs 50 vouchers over the next six months taking the total value to Rs 300. This will also bring down the effective price of Rs 399 plan down to Rs 349. With the introduction of this offer for postpaid users, Airtel will now be able to challenge Vodafone’s RED range of postpaid plans. Vodafone’s RED range of postpaid plans starts at a price of Rs 299.

Under this plan, Airtel users get 20GB data per month with ‘carry forward’ policy for both 3G and 4G SIMs. However, Airtel is offering an additional 20 GB data for the next 12 months taking the monthly data benefits to 40GB. This similar to what Vodafone offers to its user with its RED Rs 399 postpaid plan. Apart from this, the Airtel customer also enjoy other benefits like 100 outgoing text messages or SMS and free voice calls. The customers also receive a benefit of free subscriptions to Airtel TV and Wynk Music for a period of three months.

The move comes after Bharti Airtel was dethroned from its top position in the telecom industry with the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. The merger has given rise to India’s largest telecom operator- Vodafone India Limited. It also surpassed Bharti Airtel with a total revenues of over Rs 80,000 crore, 400 million customers, 35 per cent subscriber market share and 41 per cent revenue market share.

According to a data released by Telecom Regulatory Association of India (TRAI), the Bharti Airtel remained the market leader in the month of June, with a total user count of 344.56 million, followed by Vodafone’s 222.73 million, Idea’s 220.60 million and Jio’s 215.26 million. (Source: FE Online)

GatesAir Amplifies Efficiency and Functionality for DAB Radio Ecosystem atI BC2018

GatesAir Amplifies Efficiency and Functionality for DAB Radio Ecosystem atI BC2018Maxiva™ VAXTE transmitter and Intraplex® IP Link STL networking solutions cover the spectrum for SFN deployments of any scale and power level.

CINCINNATI, July 26, 2018 — As European radio broadcasters adopt the DAB/DAB+ digital audio standard and IP-based networkingthroughout their transmission infrastructures, GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has optimized its high-efficiency Maxiva™ VAXTE transmitter for use in small-scale DAB/DAB+ radio installations requiring relatively lower power levels ranging from 10W up to 1kW

While the VAXTE was originally designed to drive power levels up to 8kW for large-scale and national DAB radio deployments, and up to 25.6kW for VHF TV channels across Bands I and Band III, GatesAir’s latest product introduction adds support for less expansive, regional DAB radio applications that now makes the transmission platform one of the most flexible, scalable and versatile on the market.

GatesAir will showcase this space-saving, air-cooled transmitter—along with its Intraplex® intelligent IP networking solutions forreliable, secure audio and data transport—at Stand 8.D60 at the upcoming IBC2018 (September 14-18, RAI Conference and Exhibition Center). As complementary products, the VAXTE and Intraplex IP Link family—including audio codecs, IP transport gateways, and monitoring and control software—work together to ensure the most efficient, resilient and robust DAB radio workflow across any single frequency network (SFN) operation.

Maxiva VAXTE

For cost-conscious DAB/DAB+ radio deployments and other international use cases, the newly optimized Maxiva VAXTE incorporates the same innovative features available in the high-power DAB transmitters. These include: GatesAir’s patented PowerSmart® Plus architecture for high-power density and efficiency, EDI IP (and legacy ETI) signal protocols, and GatesAir’s patented Real-time Adaptive Correction (RTAC) for market leading digital signal correction

At the IBC show, GatesAir will demonstrate all of these innovations within groundbreaking, space-efficient platforms that consume 78 percent less floor space than its predecessors.

By saving space at the transmitter site, the VAXTE allows broadcasters to accommodate more transmitters—delivering more channels—in a much smaller footprint, while cutting energy consumption by 50 percent. This also reduces costs with simpler installation and maintenance, while providing the flexibility to switch between EDI or ETI signal transport streams,” said Ted Lantz, Vice President and General Manager, Radio Product Line, GatesAir

With the latest software-defined Maxiva XTE exciter built-in, VAXTE transmitters can support DAB Radio (DAB, DAB+ and T-DMB) as well as OFDM (DVB-T, DVB-T2Lite, ISDB-T, ATSC 3.0) modulations. Based on the modular design, the transmitter can be flexibly configured and upgraded to meet desired size and power level requirements. With an innovative design that separates hot-swappable, front-access power supplies from power amplifiers, among other ergonomic enhancements, the VAXTE also simplifies installation andmaintenance, resulting in a more favorable total cost of ownership.

As part of our long legacy of innovation, the VAXTE is a next-generation transmission platform that saves broadcasters money, while making them more competitive as they deal with evolving broadcast standards, and the industry-wide shift to IP networks,” said Lantz.

Intraplex® IP Networking

When used in conjunction with GatesAir’s Intraplex® IP Link family of intelligent networking solutions, the Maxiva VAXTE transmitterbecomes part of an overall DAB or VHF workflow that provides advanced IP stream processing, monitoring and correction to ensurehigh-quality, error-free IP audio data transport from the studio out to the transmitter sites and SFNs.

“At IBC, we’ll showcase the operational benefits of our entire Intraplex® IP Link product line, which leverages our patented dynamic stream splicing capability to ensure that the transport of audio and data across IP networks is as secure and reliable as possible,” said Keyur Parikh, Vice President and General Manager, Intraplex Product Group, GatesAir. “This includes Intraplex IPConnect, a stand-alone gateway system that provides real-time protection of any IP packet data stream to improve the flow of audio and control traffic over IP.” IPConnect is designed as a cost-efficient solution for customers that only want transport stream optimization, without theencoding and decoding capabilities offered by IP Link codecs.

IBC also marks the European debut of the Intraplex IP Link 200A codec, which combines audio encoding and decoding with optionalbuilt-in GPS for tightly synchronized SFN operations. IP Link 200A codecs integrate all capabilities of the globally established Intraplex IP Link 200 codec, including DAB transport stream protection, with a new AES67 AoIP interface. Ideal for STL, audio contribution and distribution functions, the Intraplex IP Link 200A provides two bidirectional stereo audio channels, one of which complies with the AES67 standard for establishing interoperability between Dante, Ravenna, Livewire and other Audio over IP networking systems.

The GatesAir Intraplex IP Link product family also includes LiveLook software for analyzing and monitoring all of the streams being transported on an IP network, and generating reports and graphs to illustrate real-time and historical performance. GatesAir’s family of Intraplex IP Link products can be used with any transmitter on the market, making their deployments even more flexible and accessible to broadcasters worldwide. (Source:IBC Show News)

StreamGuys to Showcase New Automated Podcast Transcription and Captioning at IBC2018

StreamGuys to Showcase New Automated Podcast Transcription and Captioning at IBC2018 Demonstrations to feature European debut of new features in SGrecast live stream recording and repurposing platform, powered by ENCO enCaption technology. BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, July 30, 2018 – The upcoming IBC2018 exhibition will provide the backdrop for the European debut of new audio transcription features in the SGrecast live stream repurposing, rebroadcasting and podcast management system from streaming solutions pioneer StreamGuys.

Powered by the patented enCaption4 cloud-based, automated captioning technology from ENCO, the new capabilities enable fast, effortless generation of exceptionally accurate transcriptions and captions from recordings and uploaded files. StreamGuys will co-exhibit with ENCO in stand 8.A59 at the show, taking place September 14-18 in Amsterdam.

The SaaS-based SGrecast offers broadcasters a comprehensive platform for recording live streams and transforming them into revenue-expanding side channels and podcasts. The new enhancements enable users to automatically generate transcriptions of new or existing recordings, and to caption pre-recorded, archived files for web and mobile streaming. The resulting captions can be exported as SRT, WebVTT or JSON files, while complete transcripts can be saved for later use. 

SGrecast’s new transcription abilities bring benefits to both content producers and their audiences. The cloud-based solution’s highly-granular search functionality can leverage the transcripts and captions to help operators find exactly the content they need in just seconds. Search precision is further empowered by enCaption4’s remarkably high accuracy, made possible by ENCO’s deep neural network approach to voice recognition. Individual speakers can also be identified and labelled to enhance subsequent searching.Content providers can effortlessly publish feature-rich media players with captions, bolstering accessibility for hearing-impaired viewers while also supporting multi-lingual applications.

SGrecast’s enCaption-powered speech-to-text capabilities further deepen StreamGuys’ already-extensive portfolio of podcast production, monetization and management tools. In addition to the SGrecast platform, StreamGuys offers podcast hosting, dynamic advertising insertion and a robust, cloud-based delivery infrastructure that together form an end-to-end podcasting system spanning content creation through distribution.

StreamGuys director of technology Eduardo Martinez will also share insights and expertise with IBC conference-goers in the session “Power of the podcast: How to reach new audiences through audio,” taking place Friday, September 14 from 2:45pm to 3:30pm CEST. Eduardo will join expert co-panelists from The New York Times and ITV in exploring the latest podcasting business models and monetization opportunities.

“The new automated transcription capabilities continue SGrecast’s hallmarks of enabling customers to unlock the full potential of their podcast content while minimizing manual effort and costs,” said Martinez. “ENCO’s enCaption4 engine ensures that transcripts and captions are created with exceptional speed and accuracy, and combines with the robust content management and search features of SGrecast to help customers find and repurpose content with captions faster and more easily than ever before.”

The integration of SGrecast and enCaption4 is the latest step in the strong partnership between StreamGuys and ENCO, which aims to seamlessly bring together streaming and automation workflows for the production and delivery of TV and radio programming including Visual Radio. StreamGuys multi-format encoding services help broadcasters deliver ENCO-driven program content to web, mobile and OTT devices, while SGrecast lets operators easily convert live streams into podcasts and launch new streams within ENCO’s DAD (radio), MOM (TV) or Visual Radio systems. (Source:IBC Show News)

MultiDyne Breaks Ground in IP-Enhanced Camera-Back Fiber Transport with SilverBack V

MultiDyne Breaks Ground in IP-Enhanced Camera-Back Fiber Transport with SilverBack VFlexible, 12 G-capable, camera-mounted solution combines forward-looking IP and fiber transport convergence with compact, lightweight new form factor.

MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions has designated IBC2018 as the European debut of Silver Back V, the latest innovation in its popular Silver Back series of camera-mounted fiber transport solutions. The industry’s first 12G- and 4K-capable camera-back system to incorporate an IP output, the SilverBack V elegantly enables the convergence of fiber and IP-based production workflows while building on the renowned flexibility and robustness of the SilverBack family. MultiDyne will demonstrate the SilverBack V at IBC 2018 from September 14-18 at Stand 11.D40 at the RAI Convention and Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam.

MultiDyne’s extensive range of SilverBack camera-back transceivers are well-known for simplifying infrastructures,enhancing connection flexibility and providing the high-bandwidth performance needed by Ultra HD formats. SilverBack Vadds to this powerful fiber transport foundation by integrating an IP Gateway into the Silver Back V base station, enabling users to deliver content to studios and mobile production vehicles over both SDI and IP network connectivity.

“While point-to-point transport over dark fiber continues to offer the greatest bandwidth efficiencies for the high data rates needed in live 4K and 8K productions, the adoption of IP-based networks in broadcast and production workflows is accelerating,” said Frank Jachetta, president, MultiDyne. “SilverBack V seamlessly converges the advantages of fiber transport with a gateway to multipoint IP networking, protecting customers’ long-term investments while delivering immediate, practical benefits today.”

In addition to its future-friendly IP capabilities, SilverBack V also brings a wealth of new features and benefits to fiber usersin markets ranging from electronic newsgathering (ENG) and live sports coverage to motion picture productions and other remote contribution applications. SilverBack V supports both single-link 12G and quad-link 3G SDI connectivity, maximizing 4K Ultra HD signal interface flexibility. The SilverBack V base station supports two camera heads simultaneously, enabling exceptional cost-effectiveness and space savings. A built-in multiviewer provides live monitoring of both camera feeds, with audio monitoring available as an option.

The space-efficiency of the dual-camera base station is paralleled by the reduced width of the SilverBack V camera-back unit, which makes it the most compact unit in the SilverBack family to date. The significantly narrower design enables a much lighter camera-back load and eases operator mobility while still ensuring proper overall weight balance between the camera-back, body and lens. MultiDyne is also working closely with camera vendors including Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC and more to develop specific SilverBack V designs tailored to the connection points, color, texture and ergonomics of each camera.

In addition to supporting 12Gbp/s and 3Gbp/s connections, SilverBack V also combines 1.5Gb/s video, audio, intercom, camera control, tally, data and power onto a single tactical cable, SMPTE hybrid fiber cable, and/or IP network connection.Integrated expansion slots support a variety of interchangeable I/O connectivity modules for frictionless interoperability with other MultiDyne fiber transport systems and third-party products. (Source:IBC Show News)

ENCO and Octopus Partner to Streamline Newsroom Production and Playout

ENCO and Octopus Partner to Streamline Newsroom Production and PlayoutTight integration between highly-regarded automation and NRCS solutions leverages MOS protocol and custom plug-in to simplify workflows for radio and television journalists.

Radio and television automation innovator ENCO and newsroom computer system (NRCS) specialist Octopus Newsroom have partnered to streamline news production and playout workflows for broadcasters worldwide. Leveraging the two companies’ robust support for the Media Object Server (MOS) protocol, seamlessintegration between their respective solutions eliminates disruptive workflow barriers to let journalists focus on creating compelling, informative stories.

The integration will be highlighted at the IBC2018 exhibition, where ENCO will exhibit at stand 8.A59 and Octopus will showcase its solutions in stand 7.A39.

ENCO’s MOS-enabled ActiveX plugin enables journalists and news producers to access ENCO asset libraries directly within the Octopus client interface. Users can search the ENCO library, preview clips, trim media as needed, and bring the results into their stories by simply dragging and dropping the desired items. Building on the Octopus software’s ability to combine multiple media elements within each story, the integration allows journalists to easily incorporate library assets including graphics, audio and video into their scripts.

Avoiding the need for producers to manually push rundowns, running order changes in the Octopus NRCS are automatically reflected in the ENCO automation system. The Octopus software can then trigger the ENCO system via the MOS protocol to play out the assets.

While the integration was initially qualified for radio broadcasters using Octopus Newsroom with ENCO’s DAD audio automation system, the same MOS Gateway interface is used in ENCO’s MOM (Media Operations Manager) television automation platform – thus enabling a similarly efficient workflow for Octopus-powered TV news organizations.

“Working with ENCO to integrate our solutions was a true pleasure,” said Milan Varga, Technology Partners Manager at Octopus Newsroom. “Other integrations we’ve done have often been a bit clunky initially and needed a lot of development refinements, but the integration between ENCO and Octopus worked almost seamlessly right out of the box with only minor configuration adjustments. This shows that ENCO follows the MOS specifications very closely and has kept up to date with advances in the MOS protocol. The result seamlessly bridges news production and playout to make operation easy for journalists.”

“We continue to expand our ecosystem of third-party integrations to let customers flexibly choose exactly the right solutions for their needs,” said Ken Frommert, President of ENCO. “Octopus offers a strong NRCS solution and has built a solid international market presence, particularly in Asia and Europe. Our new partnership and integration let existing and future Octopus radio and television clients easily take advantage of the benefits of our full-featured automation solutions.”

ENCO MOM offers television broadcasters, cable operators and streaming media providers a comprehensive, reliable and cost-effective platform for organizing, managing and automating critical production and integrated channel playout tasks. ENCO DADprovides radio broadcasters with a powerful and flexible audio playout automation, control and management system that ensuresreliable, accurate delivery of audio content on time, every time.

Octopus 8.1 is a powerful, innovative newsroom computer system designed for use by television, radio, sports and esports broadcasters. The software facilitates editorial collaboration between news team members at every stage of the newscast production process, and goes beyond broadcast by providing tools to publish content to the web and social media channels from a single platform. (Source:IBC Show News)

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