TV5 Monde Launches New Channels Powered by ChannelMaster and Gallium from Pixel Power

Cambridge, 24th October 2013 – Pixel Power, the innovative supplier of broadcast playout solutions with integrated graphics, has today announced that global French broadcaster TV5 Monde has launched multiple thematic channels – including a new children’s channel – using the company’s channel-in-a-box technology, ChannelMaster™.

The key driver for this project was to produce a flexible and scalable channel launch model, allowing both simple and complex branded channels to be launched quickly and cost effectively.TV5 required an economical, yet rich playout and branding solution to create, move and schedule video and graphic assets across various channels. Content is created collaboratively and updated in-house, matching their existing channel branding quality. TV5 required a tightly integrated production and playout solution, allowing a faster time to air. By choosing Pixel Power they have been able to do this.

As well as ChannelMaster technology, TV5 Monde has also implemented Pixel Power’s sophisticated scheduling, automation and asset management system, Gallium. This is configured with the ChannelMaster 3D systems to create a powerful, dual redundant branding and playout solution. Pixel Promo™ automated branding technology continues to be used to extract schedule meta-data to populate graphic templates, running alongside Dynamic Junction building interstitials, both using pre-defined rules. This also allowed TV5 to re-use existing graphic designs and templates, further reducing time to launch.

Gallium is interfacing with TV5’s existing PCI Louise traffic system which presents schedules in the industry-standard BXF format for Gallium ingest. . Gallium is also integrated with the broadcaster’s Isilon storage solution, – to manage schedule driven media transfer to the ChannelMaster local playout cache.

Jean-Pierre Vérines, CTO, TV5, says, “We wanted a combination of cost-effective, scalable, playout solutions that could also produce and manage our complex graphics, video assets and meta-data requirements. Pixel Power has risen to the challenge, providing a range of integrated technologies tailored to our precise requirements. We are very pleased with the results and believe our investment will deliver the results.”

James Gilbert, Joint MD, Pixel Power, says, “We are delighted to have worked with TV5 Monde on this project. We are quickly moving into a world of integrated playout technology but as this project illustrates, that doesn’t have to mean compromising on quality. Premium graphics are central to channels’ ability to successfully compete for viewers and not all channel-in-a-box solutions achieve that peak. We do.

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