Tahiti Nui TV integrates PlayBox Technology EU ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ systems with CTS Enterprise software to advance broadcast management efficiency
Tahiti Nui Television upgrades traffic system to boost programming capabilities
Tahiti Nui TV is a vibrant French Polynesian television channel that was launched in June 2000 delivering dynamic local news, sport, culture, politics, entertainment, world news and general interest programmes across the whole stretch of Polynesian islands in French and Tahitian languages.
When TNTV took the initiative to upgrade its entire broadcast management system in 2016, the television channel chose CSE, French Software Company specialized in advertising and TV scheduling, to implement with the help of partner PlayBox Technology Europe (PBTEU) an advanced broadcast solution in league with leading international industry standards. The installation was based on two powerful PlayBox Technology EU ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ platforms based on PlayBox Technology products, and on CSE’s CTS Enterprise software to drive the TV station forward, setting it apart from regional competitors.
PlayBox Technology EU’s ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ systems equip broadcasters with solutions that deliver both software-defined hardware turnkey systems, such as facilities for ingest, media management, titling, graphics, playout and scheduling, as well as a complete solution. These can perform equally outstanding results in SDI, IP, hybrid and virtualised environments. CSE’s CTS Enterprise software effectively manages linear and non-linear scheduling operating in a multi-channel environment. The system offers real-time overview of the broadcast scheduling process and its features include programme library, rights management, long-term planner, mass modification of scheduled content, promotion management, as well as quota reporting. It is also designed to interface with aspects of the broadcasting business such as ingest, automation, and airtime sales systems.
PBTEU’s tailored solution revolutionises how a TV station works
PBTEU created a tailored solution based on PlayBox Technology EU ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ systems to revolutionise how Tahiti Nui TV works providing full parallel functionality along with automated content and playlist transfer, working in 1:1 back-up mode in SD format. Every playlist was prepared and checked using a dedicated preparation station separate from the main playout platform which was considered as advanced way of operating in the region. Furthermore, TNTV benefitted from a multi playout manager on top of the workflow throughput for remote management. This enabled content to be prepared for delivery through the pipeline via four ingest stations which are also in SD formats. Indexation and media descriptions are then completed in DataBox for which TNTV holds a full set of core and editing licenses. It is at this point that the integration with CSE’s CTS Enterprise software comes in to complete the workflow picture.
PBTEU and CSE face the interface
CSE’s Sales and Marketing Manager Hugo Berthelot talks through the process, “Tahiti Nui TV wanted our traffic system to be interfaced with their broadcast tools. PBTEU played an important role by providing us with essential trial versions so that we could test that the interface was working properly. They also connected us with other professionals throughout the process including specialised engineers who could help respond on GUI applications. PBTEU was involved with the project from the start and always interested at every phase, meticulously following up exchanges which was critical to achieving success and ensuring every detail was nailed down.”
CSE integrated their CTS Enterprise software with PlayBox Technology EU ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ systems at Tahiti Nui TV. A connector was developed to automatically import technical information (Title, ID, TCs, video file localization…) from DataBox to CTS database. Interfaces were also created between CTS Enterprise and PlayBox Technology’s software products ListBox and AirBox so that playlists can be automatically exported to the playout and as-run logs imported after broadcast. CTS Enterprise also communicates with CTS Publicity, CSE’s airtime sales software setup one year before. Through the integration with PlayBox Technology EU ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ systems, the sales-house automatically recovers advertising as-run logs to establish campaign reports.
The entire implementation process took just over three months to complete, and during this period, one of the CSE’s associates spent three weeks onsite in Tahiti to train users and accompany them during the software change.
Following this extensive upgrade, Tahiti Nui TV has secured the management of all its programmes, commercials, promotions, and secondary events, and guaranteed compliance with programme quota and distribution rights – with the peace of mind that all these processes are all safely administered automatically with a business software that is totally dedicated to TNTV’s dynamic broadcast design management.
PBTEU’s Sales Director and Managing Partner Alexander Stoyanov remarks, “TNTV is one of PBTEU’s most important and well-respected customers in the region and we enjoy a solid relationship with them. Their team fully understands the value of maintaining their installation and they are a loyal partner. TNTV also delivers a professional and valuable service to their audience and we are very proud to support them on an ongoing basis as they continue to expand and evolve. It has been a pleasure working with CSE on this project with their in-depth knowledge of programming markets, and we look forward to many more projects ahead.”
Associate and TV Project Director of CSE, Marc-Olivier Hechenblaickner notes, “When Tahiti Nui TV approached us to upgrade their broadcast management system to our CTS Enterprise software and to integrate it in the playout platform, we first thought how to streamline the workflow by developing an interface with Databox and another one with ListBox and AirBox. To do this, we immediately asked our questions to PBTEU whose answers allowed us to progress faster. Then, we remotely tested and validated the integration before coming to Tahiti so that I could focus on user training and assistance after my arrival to ensure that CSE has successfully completed the project in the deadline.” Adding further, “this project fully embraced the simplified creation of programme schedules and playlists with positive results. Our partnership with PBTEU is important to us, and our combined services and efforts brings added value to our customers.”
The customer has the last word
Poerava DUVAL, Scheduling Manager at TNTV – “The installation of CTS Enterprise has improved the communication within the services of the channel. The commercial department has now a real-time overview of the playlist and can validate the proper insertion of the advertising campaigns. In the broadcast department, operators had to enter programmes manually in the playout based on documents extracted from our previous broadcast management system. Today, CTS Enterprise exports automatically a formatted computer file into ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ systems. For operators, the time saving is huge!
She continues, “I am very satisfied of the final result. The team is reactive despite the distance and is truly listening to us. They took the time to understand our organization and were able to adapt the solution to our specificities”
CSE partnered with PBTEU at their IBC stand this year demonstrating the CTS software range including Enterprise, Publicity and CRM providing essential tools for efficient advertising and broadcast management. CSE has been serving major sales-houses and broadcasters for over 25 years in France and abroad through its innovative IT business solutions. Some of CSE’s clients include TF1, Lagardère, beIN SPORTS, NextRadioTV, Antenne Reunion, EMG (Russia), SNRT, Regie3 (Morroco), RTI (Ivory Coast) and many more.
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