(West Midlands, United Kingdom--December 12, 2013) OASYS Automated Playout today announces that it has created a customised playout solution for the NOW That’s What I Call Music channel. Newly launched on Sky 378 and Freesat channel 512, the channel is a joint venture between Universal Music, Sony Music and All Around the World TV (AATW TV). NOW is the group’s fourth channel to use the OASYS Chameleon playout solution, bringing the total of OASYS playout systems running to five including backup, all remotely operated.
Building on a four year relationship of playing out AATW TV’s other music channels, OASYS revamped the original schedule to create a bespoke solution that integrated with NOW’s in house system. The workflow ensures that NOW’s entire daily playlist including all clips and adverts can be auto-scheduled using metadata to filter graphics and acquire information about multiple later events prior to scheduling. The solution also generates custom transitions between video clips using NOW’s graphics projects as well as allowing automation of the process of dynamically adding voiceovers onto clips, removing the requirement for editing and post production.
“The OASYS integration with our systems was far and away the most advanced workflow implementation I have seen in a music channel and, importantly, less than a tenth of the price of some of their competitors.” said Simon Sadler, COO, AATW TV.
“The power of the OASYS graphics templates and metadata filtering has allowed us to create an extremely efficient workflow with accurate ‘coming up next’ information” says Mark Errington, CEO, OASYS. “The fact that AATW TV has felt comfortable and secure in migrating from one-to-one to four-to-one redundancy over the course of our relationship is a testament to the stability and security of the OASYS systems throughout the last four years.”
“The new workflow works really well, the extra control it's given us has enabled a vast leap in programming quality and the ratings seem to have followed with it. Graphically, the output is much improved and being able to get into and out of videos quicker with the transitions means we're playing a few more tracks an hour and the whole thing generally feels faster paced and more vibrant,” added Sadler.
With nearly 25 years of industry experience, OASYS are the pioneers of automated playout solutions. We develop safe, secure and supported solutions for TV broadcasters and transmission centres.
Our approach is flexible, creative and collaborative: we design bespoke configurations to cater for broadcasters, adapting workflows to their varied needs. Based on proven technology, our products are constantly evolving as we innovate.
We have blue chip customers in multiple global markets and we cater for single or multi-channel organisations and playout centres in HD, SD, baseband and streaming.
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About NOW That's What I Call Music TV
Now That’s What I Call Music TV is a joint venture between AATW and the world's two biggest music companies, Universal and Sony. It's based on the 100 million selling compilation album series which has just celebrated its 30th birthday.