Chello keeps in tune with Fox European playout contract

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 25-11-2011

Fox International Channels (FIC) Europe has extended its contract with Chello DMC to provide playout services for a bouquet of its European linear TV channels.
The Fox Entertainment Group multimedia division, dedicated to the production and distribution of pay-TV channels and digital content, has lengthened the contract with the playout and content management company by five years.

Explained Julio Sobral, SVP Operations FIC Europe: “Chello DMC provides us with first-rate technical broadcast expertise and playout services. Managing a dozen of our multi-lingual, multi-territory channel feeds, Chello DMC maximises both our audiences and revenues across Europe. At the forefront of these services, they are the ideal broadcast services partner as we continue to grow our brand in Europe.”
Chello DMC already delivers 11 FIC channels as a mixture of SD, HD, simulcast and opt-out services, 13 language tracks and eight subtitle tracks to eight European territories. Under the terms of the new deal, Chello will deliver a suite of playout services for 12 FIC linear TV channels in Europe, all of them grouped under the National Geographic brand, managing multiple language and subtitle tracks. In addition to playout services, Chello DMC currently provides VOD encoding services for National Geographic for VOD transcoding and distribution to affiliates in Europe.

Current HD and SD FIC feeds for the Benelux region will be replaced with a HD simulcast, with two additional services are to be launched in 2011. Chello will also will handle traffic, ingest, scheduling, advanced playout including cue tone insertion, watermarking and dynamic graphics and signal delivery over cable and satellite.