Leading multimedia group of Reunion Island, Antenne Réunion upgraded its TV Traffic Solutions to suit its OTT and catch-up services.
Antenne Réunion Télévision is a leading proximity and general TV channel broadcasting licensed programmes (TF1, M6, etc.) and its own productions (news, entertainment, magazines, games, etc.).
The group selected BCE’s channel management tools including Athena©, Cronos© and Adonis© for their flexibility and tailor-made approach.
Developed by BCE, the solutions are boundless and evolve with the needs of the customer and the market.
Reliability, flexibility and evolutivity
Antenne Reunion selected BCE’s TV Channel management software to answer their needs for a solution that could manage broadcast content while securing core-business systems.
It was paramount for the company to optimize the data and information exchange with all the channel divisions (content planning, broadcast, Internet, adverts, back office), to avoid multiple and useless entries and to increase productivity.
BCE’s TV Traffic Solutions interface seamlessly with the existing tools like the Broadstream broadcast or the MediaPilot media advertising and booking system, while keeping consistent operations.
The next step for Antenne Reunion was to find a solution which could fit BCE’s smart solutions and integrate perfectly OTT, VoD and Catch-up content.
Think out of the box
BCE’s TV Traffic solutions are layered in three products:
Athena© is a multi-function tool managing the content library and the related rights (linear and non-linear). The solution is able to monetise the content and synchronise with the archive and accounting department.
Cronos© creates the long and short-term planning, delivering chronological TV program grids, including detailed titles, materials, costs and rights information.
Adonis© creates and manages the daily planning and generates playlists for any kind of automation. It controls media information such as time breaks, segments, aspect ration, etc. and manages the channel branding and all secondary events.
During the implemantation, BCE had to focus on new functionalities specific to the customer’s workflow such as the possibility of characterizing “flow” type orders and acquisitions from TF1 and M6 as well as tracking the orders per vendor and period.
“The main strength of our solutions is the added-value services granted by our developer team, Our developers are able to think out of the box and come with tailored-made upgrades which fit perfectly the customer needs” explains Alex Seca, Broadcast IT Manager at BCE.
With the development of OTT, VoD and Catch-up, BCE upgraded its software suite to fit Antenne Reunion needs for non-linear rights management. More than a software evolution, BCE also provided a new infrastructure (Streamover) to ensure the transcoding of the customer content in order to distribute the content in multiple formats for IPTV and web platforms.
While Streamover send the transcoded content to Parabole Réunion and Zeop, two box TV operators in the Reunion Island, and to Antenne Réunion website (www.antennereunion.fr); Cronos and Adonis manage the planning of the releases for the different Catch-up platforms and Athena ensures the seamless rights management of the overall content.
The upgrade of the TV Traffic Solutions and the integration of Streamover was done remotely, BCE developers and IT teams were of course available to support the customer in its daily operations with accurate solutions to ensure the continuity of Antenne Réunion operations.
“We are very satisfied with our BCE work towards our needs. The team was able to make the necessary changes in order to get a full “Replay” content management solution which is perfectly integrated to the existing software suite. All our Replay digital development is based on BCE’s solutions,” concludes Fabrice CHINJOIE, Directeur innovation technologique et digital at Antenne Réunion
Antenne Reunion today focuses on Catch-up but BCE already empowered its TV Traffic Solutions with VoD features, allowing the company to anticipate the next steps with reliable solutions.