Australia’s Showtime Adopts AmberFin iCR

In Australia, the Premium Movie Partnership has selected AmberFin’s channel partner, Quinto Communications to supply and commission the new AmberFin iCR File Player with its advanced Unified Quality Control (UQC) option for video asset checking at its Showtime Movie Channel content preparation facility, located at the Fox Studios Entertainment Quarter in Sydney.

Showtime (the trading name of The Premium Movie Partnership (PMP)), is an Australian registered operation with its head office located at The Entertainment Quarter in Sydney. Established in 1995, Showtime is jointly owned by four of the world’s pre-eminent film studios: 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Liberty Global International.

Showtime required a single solution that could play back and perform QC analysis on a wide variety of file formats including their in-house editing format Apple Pro Res and formats used for delivery to broadcast video servers.

Quinto Communications was able to demonstrate that using the new advanced QC option, AmberFin iCR can perform comprehensive QC analysis on the wrapper and essence structure of the file-based video and audio content and also generate a comprehensive compliance report.”The file world can be extremely complicated, but with AmberFin’s iCR software, Showtime Australia has acquired not only a trusted and comprehensive product, but one that’s easy and effective to use,” says John Turner, Director of Operations and Production at Showtime.

Showtime owns, operates and produces Australia’s premium Subscription Television movie channels: Showtime Premiere (+ Showtime Premiere HD and Showtime Premiere 2), showcase (+ showcase HD and showcase 2), Showtime Action (+ Showtime Action HD), Showtime Comedy and Showtime Drama, as well as the on-line download channel Showtime Family and Showtime Horror. The channels are distributed on the Foxtel and Optus platforms.

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