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Swiss broadcast news channel La Télé has deployed a live and scheduled playout solution from Harmonic.

The company is using Harmonic's Spectrum X media server  and Polaris Play automation to control scheduled playout operations.

"Recently, we decided to upgrade our playout workflow. Having a powerful media server at the heart of our operations was a top priority," said Francois Vittoz, technical director at La Télé. "Harmonic offers the most critical component for any playout system — rock-solid reliability, along with extensive deployment experience and a stellar reputation in powering leading news channels. The Spectrum X media server simplifies our workflow, saving us money and allowing us to deliver higher quality branded programming to consumers."

During live events, video is recorded on the Spectrum X media server. The Aveco ASTRA automation system takes control of the Spectrum X media server and a Caspar CG system, allowing La Télé to brand its live programming with custom graphics. The Aveco automation system is also integrated with the Incite MAM and a newsroom computer system (NRCS) from Octopus to further ensure playout of live news and events.

Featuring playout, news production and channel-in-a-box (CiaB) capabilities, the solution increases workflow efficiency and reliability for the delivery of high-quality live and recorded HD video, enabling La Télé to deliver a rich on-air presentation to its viewers, the companies said.

"La Télé wanted a faster workflow, and upgrading its media asset management solution was a great way to achieve that," said Georges Nakhlé managing director at IMC Technologies, the systems integrator on the project. "We designed and integrated a complete system for the channel that includes a simple traffic system and a robust media server."

"Our Spectrum X media server features high availability, making it ideal for a local news organisation like La Télé, where it's important to get on air quickly," said Ian Graham, vice president of sales, EMEA and LATAM, at Harmonic. "Being embedded in the Spectrum X server core software, Polaris Play enables seamless integration with the Chyro traffic system to ensure uninterrupted execution of the playlist. By supporting fixed and open-ended live events, Harmonic's end-to-end playout solution provides maximum flexibility for fast-changing news environments."