Firms Partner on Disaster Recovery Project for French TV

The system features Thomson's Sapphire broadcast servers and ProConsultant Informatique Louise broadcast management software.
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Thomson Video Networks says France Télévisions— the French public national television broadcaster—has installed a disaster recovery solution using Thomson's Sapphire broadcast servers and ProConsultant Informatique Louise broadcast management software.

The project required the collaboration of Thomson Video Networks, which supplies compression systems for satellite, terrestrial, cable, IPTV, mobile TV and Web streaming; and ProConsultant Informatique, which develops state-of-the-art management software for media organizations. Together, they developed an integrated solution for the French national broadcaster. The disaster recovery system provides backup for 19 channels at France Télévisions’ Paris headquarters.

The Sapphire servers from Thomson Video Networks provide a comprehensive feature set within the compressed domain, operating under the control of the ProConsultant Informatique Louise software package. The Sapphire supports MPEG-2 and H.264 formats, re-encoding audio and video dynamically to guarantee seamless frame-accurate transitions, and provides additional master control switcher, graphics inserter, and character generator functionality.

"The combination of Thomson servers and the ProConsultant Informatique Louise solution has produced a dynamic and flexible system for scheduling, media asset management, and playout," said Christian Augereau, technical director, Réseau France Outre-Mer. "This gives us a highly compact and dense disaster recovery solution, which will be efficient to operate and will provide considerable energy savings.”

The Sapphire transport stream server combines Thomson expertise in MPEG processing with a modular software and hardware design. It offers a particularly high-performance MPEG I/O, a scalable storage capacity, and a wide range of control interfaces. This architecture enables operators to record, store, and play back multiple streams, and functions as a versatile TV-on-demand platform.

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