Octopus Newsroom Powers LifeNews and Life78

The Octopus 8 Newsroom Computer Systems have been chosen by 24-hour television channel LifeNewsfor its headquarters in Moscow and for its sister channel, Life78, which broadcasts from studios in St. Petersburg. Both projects were delivered and being supervised by Moscow-based system integrator Studio Service.

LifeNews television channel (http://life.ru) was launched in September 2013. Part of the News Media Holding company, it transmits in 16:9 standard-definition and high-definition to a potential audience of 30 million viewers. Life78 (https://life.ru/t/life78) commenced broadcasting in September 2015, also in SD and HD.

"Octopus 8 is much higher level NRCS than the one we used before," says LifeNews senior engineer Arseny Kudryavtsev, technical advisor to the Life News CEO. "It is flexible in configuration and a functionally very powerful tool that really helped to optimise our workflow. Now we have almost unlimited expansion capabilities. We can very quickly fine-tune the system to create new departments, implement radio and internet broadcasting, configure for our regional branches and so forth. The mobile version of Octopus is very convenient for remote correspondent offices and rooms for announcers. The Octopus API allows us to integrate the NRCS more closely with our own developments and applications: web-platforms, publishing, notification systems, planning and reporting. My colleagues and I look forward to a long partnership with Octopus team, working together to advance the whole style of broadcasting."


LifeNews Russia Studio


"The management and engineering teams at Studio Systems have proved highly efficient on previous projects for Russian broadcasters so we are very pleased to be partnering with them again," says Octopus Newsroom sales director Gabriel Janko. "They have designed and installed a complete newsroom solution for each location, closely integrated with editing, graphics and playout infrastructure. Both channels are upgrading from earlier third-party equipment. Each newsroom operates entirely independently but has the option of connecting their respective Octopus 8 systems to allow fast and efficient sharing of content between thee two sites."

Octopus is a complete suite of newsroom computer software designed for use in television, radio and online news broadcasters. It allows easy ingest of all incoming source materials, such as news agency wires, RSS feeds, emails, SMS messages or even faxes. Such feeds may also contain images, videos or audio files. Octopus 8 can display all media belonging to a feed in one view. A powerful relational database with SQL helps users work faster.

With its topic-centric workflow, Octopus helps different teams within TV, radio and online portals work collaboratively on current affairs programmes and news items. Professionals from various departments can share information to deliver well sourced stories quickly and accurately.

Source materials, documents, photos, contacts or emails can be attached to each task and will be archived alongside the final content. Users can allocate all of the stories and elements into one central location.

The Octopus assignment desk helps organise and delegate tasks to one or multiple users, based on a modern planning calendar. The assignment desk delivers notifications, allows users to communicate with each other using the built in user-to-user messaging system and share files related to the task.


LifeNews Russia Newsdesk


Octopus also offers advanced features including visual story history and version comparison plus the ability to separate the spoken script from the technical information. The system samples each anchor's reading speed and then calculates the on-air time accurately as it feed the teleprompter. It can be integrated into any environment and workflow that supports the MOS protocol.

Octopus is designed to run natively on Apple Mac OS X, Lunux or Windows. So there is no need for a parallel operating system, additional licensing or remote sessions to run the system.

Hot-standby Octopus servers can be added, offering automatic client switchover if the main Octopus server is offline. The Octopus hot-standby server is set up to run simultaneously with an identical primary server.

An easy to use REST API allows customers to build their own applications which can communicate and exchange certain data with the newsroom system. Octopus 8 also supports manual and automated exports and imports.


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