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Canal+ Poland enters the digital media age with Quantel

Warsaw-based broadcaster accelerates sports workflow with Newsbox HD server-based production

Newbury, UK, 20 August 2008: Warsaw, Poland-based commercial broadcaster Canal+ has completed its transition to full digital production for its sports broadcasting with a Quantel Newsbox HD server-based production system. One of the first areas to benefit from the new system is soccer coverage, for which Canal+ has secured the Polish rights; it is shot and post produced in HD throughout.

Key factors for choosing the Quantel Newsbox HD system following Canal+ conversion to HD was its smooth workflow and speed to air. This is the result of a combination of its ability to enable editing to commence as soon as material begins to be ingested, fast and intuitive editing tools and instant playout to air from the server of finished results.

The Quantel system installed at Canal+ includes 60 hours of storage, supports 10 editing and viewing workstations as well as Quantel’s sQ Record and sQ Play applications, and allows material to be ingested at 4x realtime – another key factor in Canal+ choice of system supplier. The system also includes Quantel’s Mission media asset management application, which provides totally integrated access to, and management of, all media assets, further speeding workflow. Mission extends to cover archived as well as its online media assets, giving Canal+ editors and producers fast and easy access to all the material they need to provide viewers with the full story and background to every event.

Now that Canal+ transition to HD and digital production has been completed, the next planned phase of development for the broadcaster involves extending its distribution to new media channels such as mobile devices and the internet. Quantel’s Mission also provides dedicated, high speed facilities for re-purposing of material for exactly such applications. “This paves the way for continuing success into the future,” says Thomas Birner, Quantel Director of Sales, Central Europe. “We are very proud that such a forward-looking broadcaster as Canal+ has chosen Quantel.”

Created on: 20/08/2008

 

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