New infrastructure drives M6 multi-platform offerings

| 12-09-2010

Métropole Télévision Group (M6 Group) has unveiled a new end-to-end file-based workflow for on-air delivery which it claims will deliver to the company France’s most advanced multi-platform facility.

Established in 1987, the M6 Group has a wide multimedia proposition offering a wide selection of programmes, products, and services across the fabled three screen of TV, online and mobile. M6 channel's service offering is complemented by W9, a new DTT channel, and a family of pay-TV channels designed to enriches the Group's program offering.

As part of its strategy of progressively expanding its business activities, with diversification currently accounting for nearly half of sales, the company has deployed a new infrastructure designed to enable efficient and cost-effective production and delivery of content via ball the delivery platforms.

The infrastructure is based on seven Omneon Spectrum media servers, plus active storage and transcoding systems from the same supplier. Serving as the core platform for the M6 Group's tapeless workflow, the highly integrated systems are intended to offer a high degree of automation and faster, more cost-effective processes from media ingest to content repurposing and playout to multiple platforms.

The video infrastructure supports M6 and W9 digital terrestrial channels; the Paris Première, and TEVA pay-per-view channels; three music channels; and also sees use in preparation and distribution of content for VOD, IPTV and iPhone delivery. Explained Christophe Foglio, CTO of the M6 Group: "Providing an exceptionally well-integrated platform for multimedia distribution…has enabled us to build a highly automated next-generation tapeless workflow not only for our flagship broadcast channel, but also for the full range of M6 Group content delivery services…Key to this new workflow is the…storage system's ability to provide content in the correct video format for each distribution channel, allowing us to reach a broad array of viewers using a single platform within a single facility."