Imagine Communications Implements 28 Versio Playout Systems for France Télévision

Imagine Communications has implemented a new modular playout system at France Télévision. The deployment is part of a project to renew the master control functionality for France Ô, which provides television services for the nation’s overseas territories.

The installation includes 28 of Imagine Communications’ Versio playout systems. Versio incorporates server, graphics, subtitling and master control switching – in a single system, reducing complexity and minimizing space requirements.  A key component of Imagine’s non-disruptive transition proposition, Versio simultaneously supports IP and SDI content.

“This is the largest implementation of Versio playout in France to date,” says Mathias Eckert, VP EMEA at Imagine Communications. “It is part of a continuing relationship with France Télévision, and we are working together to tackle complex technical challenges within a mission-critical environment, ensuring the channels remain on air without interruption during the migration to the new platform. We see France Ô as a model of the future of rich, multi-channel playout environments that meet the challenges of a competitive environment without compromising quality and reliability.”

France Ô’s new master control is designed to improve the performance and efficiency of the service it provides to viewers in overseas territories, including French Guiana in South America, Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean, Mayotte, and Réunion in the Indian Ocean, French Polynesia and New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna in the Pacific Ocean. The cloud-native Versio’s modular nature enables France Télévision to achieve two primary business goals: reduce capital investments and operational costs. Versio is powered by Zenium, Imagine Communications’ microservices-based platform that helps enable the development of flexible and modular solutions and supports the rapid integration of new technology.

“We were impressed with Versio’s ability to support a hybrid environment,” says Erwan Roth, CTO at France Ô. “Imagine worked with us on a proof-of-concept trial at the end of 2015, which satisfied us that we could achieve what we needed, and reduce Capex and Opex. It also gives us the flexibility to quickly and easily create custom functionality, such as audio processing, in the future.”

France Télévision is a long-time user of Imagine Communications products and systems, including routers, servers and monitoring. In its France Ô operation it uses Imagine Nexio servers and shared storage, and one of the requirements for this project was an integration of servers across the entire infrastructure — from ingest to playout.

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