Solution enables integrated workflows, faster turnaround and improved efficiency across all areas of operation
Imagine Communications, a global leader in video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, today announced it has implemented a major upgrade of a news production and playout facility at People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI) in the Philippines through its reseller Composite Technology Inc. This upgrade provides the broadcaster’s PTV4 news channel with the ability to deliver higher-quality news packages to air faster and more efficiently, while retaining the control and management needed to preserve the station’s reputation.
A government-owned and controlled television station, PTNI is one of the leading news and sports broadcasters in the Philippines. The core of the network’s programming is news and public affairs, and the station has adopted the concept of a “newspaper on television” style of reporting. PTNI is also the official broadcaster of major international sporting events and has covered the Olympic Games since 1988.
The Imagine Communications solution covers two distinct areas of operation: the highly dynamic and reactive production and editing area for the news system and a dedicated area of the scheduled playout. Both are built around scalable Imagine Communications Nexio® video servers, with Nexio Motion™ content management and Insight™ advanced metadata systems providing intelligence, automation and accessibility. The integrated system simplifies the management of the content on and between the operational areas, as well as allowing journalists to locate and use the right content at the right time.
Critical for the dynamic live news presentation, where events cannot be missed or lost, is the content storage system, which uses the Nexio Farad™ high-performance online storage network. This incorporates Imagine Communications’ Intrinsic Mirroring™ for absolute content security and resilience. Playout control uses Imagine Communications’ market-proven ADC™ playout automation system, along with IconStation™ graphics and Nexio IconMaster™ branding and master control switcher.
Both edit-in-place high-resolution Velocity™ ESX workstations and proxy-based Velocity PRX clients are also included in the solution. The Nexio server system automatically generates browse-resolution proxies and instantly conforms offline edits for maximum speed in getting stories to air, as well as providing access to all journalists and editors.
“Our ambitious plans meant we needed a more efficient workflow in news production,” said Richard Valdez, engineering head at PTNI. “Because it was able to deliver a complete and well-integrated solution, we were confident that Imagine Communications was the right partner to help us raise production standards and operational efficiency.”
“We are delighted to help PTNI with its news production and playout modernization program,” said Joe Khodeir, senior vice president, APAC, for Imagine Communications. “Our integrated broadcast solutions are known around the world to be reliable and robust, which is critical for a news channel, where getting on air first is a key priority.”
About Imagine Communications
Imagine Communications empowers the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation. Broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on our optimized, futureproof, multiscreen video and revenue enablement solutions every day to support their mission-critical operations. Today, nearly half of the world’s video channels traverse our products, and our software solutions drive close to a third of global ad revenue. Through continuous innovation, we are delivering the most advanced IP, cloud-enabled, software-defined network and workflow solutions in the industry. Visit www.imaginecommunications.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter @imagine_comms.