Imagine Communications has extended its playout installations for France Télévisions Outre-Mer (France Ô), the service of France Télévisions which broadcasts to overseas territories. France Ô already uses Imagine Communications’ Versio playout for 12 channels broadcast from Paris; the new contract adds installations in Tahiti, serving the Polynesian Islands in the Pacific, as well as Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.
At each site there are two Versio networks, main and backup, providing playout, graphics, subtitling, and master control switching. All functionality is provided as microservices-based software, running in the Imagine Communications Zenium environment. The networks support both IP and SDI content feeds.
A key requirement for the two new remote installations was to enable a seamless workflow between the playout system and France Ô’s traffic and scheduling system from Lora Solutions. To achieve the slick workflow France Ô required, Imagine Communications collaborated with Lora Solutions, which integrated some Versio metadata to allow intelligent, reliable and speedy content exchange between the two systems. The Paris playout center has been on air with its Versio platform since the summer of 2017. The Tahiti facility came online in May 2018, and Mayotte will be completed toward the end of 2018.