Fox International takes on Telestream Vantage for Europe, Africa production


Michelle Clancy

| 23 September 2015

Busily expanding Fox International Channels has tapped Telestream's Vantage media processing platform to aid its extended workflow.

FIC will use the processing and intelligent automation infrastructure to support its new Europe and Africa's production and distribution centre in Hammersmith, London.

Designed and installed by Telestream's UK channel partner, Boxer Systems, the file-based workflow meets numerous content processing, transcoding and transformation needs from linear broadcasts to Web publishing of video clips and video-on-demand (VOD) material conversion.

"Today, broadcasters must be able to supply many different pipelines with content from over-the-top to video-on-demand, linear, Web and multi-platform deliveries," said Maurizio Raffaeli, director of broadcast operations & IT Italy at FIC. "To do this effectively, we need to rely on a robust and flexible infrastructure and this is exactly what Telestream Vantage gives us."

A major requirement of the Vantage platform at Fox International Channel Europe & Africa is to create DPP-compliant file-based content for delivery by FIC to UK broadcasters. When FIC started the design of its new London production Centre an important consideration was the new Digital Production Partnership (DPP) initiative, which its UK client broadcasters were preparing to adopt. During an intensive two-month testing period with Sky UK, DPP file creation was trialled using Vantage.

"From its flexibility, extensive format capabilities, scalability and third-party workflow interoperability, Vantage has proved to be an elegant and sophisticated platform for our growing operations," said Mauro Panella, executive director and head of broadcast operations, IT & facilities, Italy, Germany & UK at FIC. "Another key factor was the high quality support that we receive from Boxer Systems. They helped us at every stage from initial architecture design through to deployment, and as soon as the workflow was installed and operational they trained our staff to a very high standard."

In selecting Telestream, Fox International Channels Europe & Africa is building on a relationship that started in 2008 and already sees Vantage employed in their Italian and Spanish production centres.