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  • 2001: New Horizons and World Altering Events
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    Thursday, 14 Feburary 2019, 

    Authors: Adam Kennedy-Ripon, David Kirk


     

    2001: ''Blast-from-the-past'' blog post

     

    2001 was world-changing. To take you back into the past, 9/11 occurred with the annihilation of the twin towers in New York City, the Human Genome Sequence was revealed, China joined the World Trade Organisation, the U.S launched the Mars Odyssey spacecraft to Mars, and the world witnessed the start of a global economic slowdown. Good and bad news, that was broadcasted to billions of people worldwide, some of which by Octopus.

    Despite those events, 2001 marked some significant achievements for Octopus Newsroom. These successes included the development of a MOS connection, 10 Partners, a new automation process, and the introduction of a cost-effective workflow with the ability to see lowres and live feeds directly within Octopus. This was the first-time these features would become available for broadcasters, an innovative advancement that accelerated Octopus demand in India.

    One of our first MOS partners was Aveco, back in 2001. Aveco and Octopus provided the automation for our first Indian customer the Aaj Tak news channel. The Hindi language-based channel was founded just one year prior in 2000 and became the most watched 24-hour news channel in India; they use Octopus to this present day.

    Also, Octopus introduced an app in 2001, which offered two modes; directly encoding and streaming live feeds or operating under the control of Aveco automation via a direct integration. The Octopus app was automation controlled and could also be used to create Lowres. Moreover, Octopus users could view live streams while working directly within the Octopus system.

    Octopus Newsroom is the most trusted NRCS across India and continues to innovate. Since 2001, we have always focused on ensuring that Octopus is easy to learn and use. Moreover, we constructed the system to be agile, to work from multiple locations and to integrate with our partners.

    Back in 2001, the Octopus team ensured that people looking to upgrade to Octopus would have a smooth transition with minimal impact on existing technological structures, systematics or employees. Octopus continues to offers an innovative out of the box agile NRCS that will make the transition smooth and cost-effective for any broadcaster and we continue to deliver on our promise to this present day.

    Stay tuned for the next 'Blast-from-the-past' blog post on what happened in 2002, as part of our 20th-anniversary story series.

     

    Read previous posts: 1999 | 2000

     



    Contacts for further information

    Adam Kennedy-Ripon, Head of Marketing, Octopus Newsroom
    Tel: +420 221 181 527 | akennedy@octopus-news.com

    David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
    Tel: +44 (0) 1342 311 983 | stylusmedia@gmail.com

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  • Year 2000: The Millennial Big Bang
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    YEAR 2000 

     

    Friday, 18 January 2018, 

    Authors: Adam Kennedy-Ripon, David Kirk, Martin Nedbal


     

    2000 started with a Big Bang as the Octopus Newsroom team joined the global new-millennium celebrations.

    We had anticipated and successfully resolved the Y2K issue which had been predicted to affect computer networks around the world. The overall effect of Y2K was to make software developers more vigilant than ever in the quality and long-term durability of their work. The Octopus approach from the outset was that we would produce the most bug-free possible products, backed by fast online updates. Most of our early customers were using Windows-based PCs, so this was the logical platform for Octopus through the early HTML versions. Development progressed at a fast pace with new features and ever greater system robustness.

     

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    "Version 1 was essentially a prototype never really used in production," says Octopus Newsroom's Senior Developer Martin Nedbal. "With Version 2, which was implemented successfully at TV Nova, we achieved the stability and capabilities we had set as targets. Version 2 had rundown written in Java. This was progressed during 2000 into Version 3, but Version 3 with the entire user interface constructed in HTML and using AJAX to get the data. AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a set of web development techniques using many web technologies on the client side to create asynchronous web applications.

    The product itself was built on recent technologies at that time, but our aim was to develop along lines that ensured easier operation with a powerful and efficient database, robust client-server architecture, efficient content storage and compatibility with the latest-generation operating system. Third-party newsroom products had been running on outdated operating systems such as DOS and various version of UNIX. Web-based client applications were essentially a new concept.

    We had our own software which ingested live video feeds via an Osprey capture card in the server and then streamed across the newsroom network. Another card converted broadcast-quality source files into low-resolution proxy files which could be networked quickly as browser-quality thumbnails. The year 2000 was very significant for Octopus as many decisions made then would ultimately define the company's long-term vision".

     

    Customers who signed-up with us in the year 2000 included TV Luna, a privately-owned Slovak channel. Octopus Version 3 introduced MOS compatibility which the development team recognised as an essential element both then and for the future. Easy connectivity with third-party products was high on every broadcaster's wish list. Some NRCS vendors tried (and indeed still do) to force their customers to invest in specific brands simply to make their NRCS interfacing easier. Octopus re-searched this aspect of the business and identified a strong preference for the MOS open communications protocol that offered complete freedom and flexibility, revolutionising the NRCS industry.

    MOS may sound like just another engineering term, but it is one of the most useful developments in the entire history of newsroom computing. MOS gives newsroom computer system users the ability to integrate with third-party systems offering features such as graphics, commercials-scheduling, playout, MAM, prompters and traffic-handling. Newsroom managers thus retain a high level of freedom to decide when and where they purchase production, post-production and data storage equipment. Careful design and coordination allow all essential newsroom tasks to be handled from a single workstation rather than having to clutter desks with multiple monitors and keyboards. MOS-standardised metadata exchange between these devices also allows fast content searching and seamless control across an entire production network. 

    Thanks to MOS, for Octopus Newsroom from year 2000 onward, Open really would mean Open. Stay tuned, Octopus will be sharing more blog stories of our journey for each year since we were founded in 1999.

     


    Take a look how the Octopus Newsroom system evolved since 2000, and how we maintained the overall display for user easability.

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    2000 - Octopus Version 3 

     


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    2019 - Octopus Version 8.2



    Contacts for further information

    David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
    Tel: +44 (0) 1342 311 983 | stylusmedia@gmail.com

    Adam Kennedy-Ripon, Head of Marketing, (EMEA, Americas, APAC) Octopus Newsroom
    Tel: +420 221 181 527 | akennedy@octopus-news.com

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  • Octopus NRCS will be used to Cover India's 2019 General Elections
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    Tuesday, 17 January 2018, 

    Authors: David Kirk, Adam Kennedy-Ripon

     

    New Delhi, India – Broadcasters across India are laying plans to ensure thorough news coverage of the country's parliamentary general elections will be held between April and May of this year. This will see the dissolution and replacement of the Lok Sabha (House of the People) national legislative assembly.

    "Octopus has long been most trusted broadcast newsroom system in India and will be used by many networks to ensure efficient coverage of this very important political event," says Octopus APAC Director Miro Rusko.

    "Reporters across the various constituencies will be using the Octopus Mobile App to create media assets on their mobile phones and transmit them straight back to their respective newsroom colleagues. There the stories will be ingested into the main Octopus newsroom computer system and combined with related content for use in up-to-the-minute newsflashes, scheduled bulletins and in-depth discussion programmes."

    "Reporters will be able to file their stories straight from the various political party headquarters, including field reports and interviews with electors attending the many voting centres. Video and audio, or just audio on its own, can be streamed live back to base or sent as packaged files. The Octopus Mobile App even allows reporters to perform basic editing before their colleagues back at base make more detailed adjustments. These capabilities give Octopus-equipped channels the all-important edge over their competitors in terms of production speed."

    "A key strength of Octopus is that it is the perfect tool for collaboration and delivery to television, radio, the web and social media, all in a single newsroom solution. That elevates newsroom operation to a whole new level, increasing creativity, improving efficiency and enabling the various team members to operate as a unified production resource.

    A publishing platform for use in television, radio and online news broadcasting, Octopus allows easy ingest of all incoming source materials such as agency wires, RSS feeds and emails. It can display in a single view all content belonging to a feed, including images, video files or audio files. A powerful relational database with SQL enables users to achieve their goals 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.

    Octopus runs natively on Apple Mac OS X, Linux or Microsoft Windows so there is no need for a parallel operating system, additional licensing or remote sessions. Hot-standby servers can be added, offering automatic client switchover if the primary server is offline. 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 Newsroom (www.octopus-news.com) was founded in 1999 and is today the world's leading producer of newsroom computer systems. With over 50 MOS partners, Octopus advocates an open ecosystem using the MOS protocol which enables operators to choose freely among high-quality providers of graphics, playout, MAM, prompters, traffic-handing, advertising solutions including many other features. Octopus Newsroom has successfully installed systems into more than 300 channels around the world. Based on Unicode, Octopus Newsroom products support all major character sets including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.

     

     

    Octopus Newsroom stand: 39, BES Expo, New Delhi

    January 17th - 19th


    To request a demo, contact Miro Rusko: m.rusko@octopus-news.com
    or (international mobile): +420 739 500 232
    or just come anyway!

     

     



    Contacts for further information

    David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
    Tel: +44 (0) 1342 311 983 | stylusmedia@gmail.com

    Adam Kennedy-Ripon, Head of Marketing, (EMEA, Americas, APAC) Octopus Newsroom
    Tel: +420 221 181 527 | akennedy@octopus-news.com

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  • Octopus Celebrates 20 Years of Success in NRCS
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    Octopus Celebrates 20 Years of Success in NRCS

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    Monday, 14 January 2019 

    Author: Adam Kennedy-Ripon

     

    It all started in 1998, with a LIGHTBULB MOMENT

     

    2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Octopus Newsroom, today the world leader in the development and supply of newsroom computer systems. The 'lightbulb moment' came in 1998 when the company's founder, Petr Stokuč, was asked to advise on improving the efficiency of TV Nova, a European based news channel.

    "I had spent several years as a newsroom system administrator at TV Nova so knew very well that they wanted to break free from the limitations of the solution they had been using since they first went on air in 1994. They were looking to support more channels and operate more efficiently but were held back by the high cost of the NRCS systems available at that time.

    "We rose to the challenge, confident that we could create new software that would outperform the competition and to be more cost-effective. Equally important, the system we planned to create would be capable of easy expansion, easy to use and to handle an unlimited number of users. It was a busy time: we had just two months to create a solution."

    "Our starting point in developing which would eventually become the world-renowned Octopus NRCS was the realisation that a lot of time in newsrooms was lost by editors having to switch between multiple software tools throughout their shift, some of which did not integrate. We were keen to make the entire task of news preparation easy to achieve via a single control screen."

    "TV Nova liked the development direction we had adopted and agreed to become our first customer if we could progress the prototype into a mature system and establish ourselves as an ongoing business. In 1999 we did both. Choosing a brand name was easy given that our goal was to extend the reach of each connected operator across every aspect of newsroom operation like the many tentacles of an Octopus. We named the company Octopus Newsroom and the product itself Octopus. 

    With Octopus Newsroom established as a company and Octopus as a product, our next challenge was to promote our existence and our unique-selling-points to broadcasters here in the major markets of Europe, the Americas and Asia. That's another story which begins in our second year, 2000 blog post that will be published next week.

    Stay tuned!

     

     

     

     



    Contacts for further information

    Adam Kennedy-Ripon, Head of Marketing, Octopus Newsroom
    Tel: +420 221 181 527 | a.kennedy@octopus-news.com
    Octopus NewsroomTrading Limited, 2nd Floor, 9 Chapel Place,
    London EC2A 3DQ,
    United Kingdom

     

  • Octopus Newsroom Sets Digital and Linear News-Publishing Workflow at Centre Stage for BES Expo
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    Octopus Newsroom Sets Digital and Linear News-Publishing Workflow at Centre Stage for BES Expo

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    Tuesday, 8 January 2018, 

    Authors: David Kirk, Adam Kennedy-Ripon

    New Delhi, India – Octopus Newsroom will introduce the latest version of its on-air and on-line news-publishing platform to broadcasters attending BES Expo in New Delhi, January 17th through 19th. Exhibiting on stand 39, the company will promote the widening system versatility made possible by an expanding range of modules and how Octopus will be used to cover the 2019 elections in India.

    "Broadcasters throughout the world are looking for the most efficient possible way to process news from an increasingly diverse range of sources including social media, the web, syndicated news feeds and their own team of dedicated reporters," says Octopus APAC Director Miro Rusko.

    "The huge popularity of digital devices such as mobile phones in India as elsewhere has created a massive surge in demand for digital news text and video which can be selected by viewers rather than having to sit through stories they find of little or no interest. Octopus delivers on both counts, enabling a single news production team, or at a push just one operator, to manage the entire operation. That represents a huge saving in cost and effort compared with employing separate news teams to cater for traditional and mobile viewing platforms."

    "We will be promoting both the proven maturity and ongoing development of Octopus. Version 8.2 allows publishing to social platforms or websites directly from the long-term and short-term planning area. Related information such as social posts stays attached to the topic and is easily trackable. This is a significant step towards better cooperation between the linear and digital publishing workflows, allowing resources to be used more efficiently with easy sharing of information among teams."

    "Octopus 8.2 is more digitally focused than ever. It integrates easily with various web CMS systems as well as leading social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, so new teams can close performance gaps and effectively engage their audience."

    Octopus is a publishing platform for use in television, radio and online news broadcasting. It allows easy ingest of all incoming source materials such as news agency wires, RSS feeds and emails. Octopus can display in a single view all content belonging to a feed, including images, video files or audio files. A robust relational database with SQL enables users to achieve their goals 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.

    Octopus runs natively on Apple Mac OS X, Linux or Windows so there is no need for a parallel operating system, additional licensing or remote sessions. Hot-standby servers can be added, offering automatic client switchover if the primary server is offline. An easy to use REST API allows customers to build their own applications which can communicate and exchange certain data with the newsroom system.

    Bangkok Media & Broadcasting Company own PPTV HD Thailand (www.pptvthailand.com) Limited which is managed by Bangkok Airways and Bangkok Hospital group owner Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth. The channel transmits on digital terrestrial channel 36 (TV5 Mux5), via the TrueVisions cable service (Channel 36), satellite, IPTV and streaming media. PPTV HD's sports rights include MotoGP motorsport and football tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup, International Champions Cup, Premier League and Bundesliga. (Check Success Story)

    Octopus Newsroom (www.octopus-news.com) was founded in 1999 and is today the world's leading producer of newsroom computer systems. With over 50 MOS partners, Octopus advocates an open ecosystem using the MOS protocol which enables operators to choose freely among high-quality providers of graphics, playout, MAM, prompters, traffic-handing and advertising solutions. Octopus Newsroom has successfully installed systems into more than 300 channels around the world. Based on Unicode, OctopusNewsroom products support all major character sets including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.

     

    Request a demo now, and learn why Octopus is the most trusted NRCS in India.

     

    Request a Demo - BES Expo New Delhi

     

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    Contacts for further information

    David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
    Tel: +44 (0) 1342 311 983 | stylusmedia@gmail.com

    Adam Kennedy-Ripon, Head of Makeitng, Octopus Newsroom
    Tel: +420 221 181 527 | a.kennedy@octopus-news.com
    Octopus NewsroomTrading Limited, 2nd Floor, 9 Chapel Place,
    London EC2A 3DQ,
    United Kingdom

     

  • Season's Greetings and Happy New Year from Octopus Newsroom
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    Monday, 17 December 2018

     

    Octopus Newsroom would like to wish all our customers and partners Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year!

    2018 has been another exciting journey. We've launched our latest 8.2 versiontravelled to approximately 40 countries, joined forces with new partners and of course welcomed new customers to the Octopus family.

     

    Plus, the Octopus Team increased, welcoming an additional three people in 2018, with another two joining in early 2019, and we're still hiring more great people.

    We've also become the Number One NRCS provider across most of Asia.

    Our team was involved in some fantastic projects in 2018, such as the replacement of the legacy NRCS for one of the largest news channels in Germany. Also, installation of an entirely new green-field TV channel for the Red Cross in Africa. Plus, the supply and integration of a cutting-edge newsroom production system for one of the world’s leading eSports broadcasters.

     

    Major upgrades to our NRCS in 2018 further enhance traditional, digital and web-based broadcasting for customers across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

    2019 will be a tremendous year for us, marking our 20th anniversary. This is a crucial milestone for our entire team and a true testament to the trust customers have in our product.

     

    There will be a lot to look forward to in 2019 regarding new products, anniversary events and more. Please continue following our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn channels as well as our website to be sure you don’t miss anything.

    We wish all our customers, partners, friends and families a happy holiday and a really prosperous New Year 2019.

    Yours truly,

    Octopus Newsroom


     

  • PPTV HD Thailand Invests in Octopus Newsroom Automation
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    December 11, 2018, 

    Authors: David Kirk, Adam Kennedy-Ripon

    Bangkok, Thailand – Octopus announces the completion of a newsroom computer system at the Bangkok headquarters of Thai television channel PPTV HD. Founded by entrepreneur Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, PPTV HD went live on June 1, 2013, with a broad mix of news, entertainment, documentaries and sports, targeting the 18 to 35 age group.

    "We began as a linear channel transmitting via satellite C-band and cable, extending in 1080i high definition to the Thai terrestrial digital multiplex and later to online networking," says PPTV HD's IT Director Pitsanu Porameesanaporn. "News currently amounts to just over 30 per cent of our output which is quite a large proportion for any broadcast channel. We tackle it under the five categories of home news, global news, hot issues, lifestyle and entertainment news. Sport occupies another 20 per cent or so of our programme schedule and overlaps quite frequently into the news coverage."

    "We selected the Octopus newsroom computer system as the most versatile and operator-friendly way to improve production efficiency. It has proved an ideal choice for creating linear and on-demand news as well as sports coverage, and is a great improvement on what was previously a largely manual workflow."

    "Our target viewers, and indeed those of every age group, are increasingly watching via IP-connected digital devices both at home and when traveling. Mobile viewers are usually in a hurry so appreciate the freedom to select the news that most interests them rather than watching traditionally constructed linear programmes. By providing that option, we are also able to compete strongly with other online news sources."
     
    "Installation and configuration commenced just one month before the system went live and was completed with two weeks to spare," adds Octopus Newsroom APAC Support Manager Kobchai Buarod who supervised the project. "The system is running on main and hot-standby servers and comprises a full set of available options including the Octopus Mobile app which lets reporters submit video clips, audio, still images and text from practically any location. In cooperation with Vizrt Thailand we also integrated Vizrt CG, MAM and playout to provide an end to end solution which unites PPTV's broadcasting and digital teams. Users are able to browse and prepare content or even turn news stories into social media publications and vice versa.

    "PPTV HD is one of Thailand's most dynamic television channels and a very welcome addition to our customer base," comments Octopus APAC Director Miro Rusko. "Broadcasters worldwide are waking up to Octopus as a highly efficient way for traditionally focused news teams to package content for the rapidly expanding on-demand style of viewing. I would like to thank every member of the PPTV, Vizrt Thailand and Octopus Newsroom teams for their contribution to the success of this project."

    Octopus is a publishing platform for use in television, radio and online news broadcasting. It allows easy ingest of all incoming source materials such as news agency wires, RSS feeds and emails. Octopus can display in a single view all content belonging to a feed, including images, video files or audio files. A powerful relational database with SQL enables users achieve their goals 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.

    Octopus runs natively on Apple Mac OS X, Linux or Windows so there is no need for a parallel operating system, additional licensing or remote sessions. Hot-standby servers can be added, offering automatic client switchover if the main server is offline. An easy to use REST API allows customers to build their own applications which can communicate and exchange certain data with the newsroom system.

    PPTV HD Thailand (www.pptvthailand.com) is owned by Bangkok Media & Broadcasting Company Limited which is managed by Bangkok Airways and Bangkok Hospital group owner Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth. The channel transmits on digital terrestrial channel 36 (TV5 Mux5), via the TrueVisions cable service (Channel 36), satellite, IPTV and streaming media. PPTV HD's sports rights include MotoGP motorsport and a football tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup, International Champions Cup, Premier League and Bundesliga.

    Octopus Newsroom was founded in 1999 and is today the world's leading producer of newsroom computer systems. With over 50 MOS partners, Octopus advocates an open ecosystem using the MOS protocol which enables operators to choose freely among high-quality providers of graphics, playout, MAM, prompters, traffic-handing and advertising solutions. Octopus Newsroom has successfully installed systems into more than 300 channels around the world. Based on Unicode, Octopus Newsroom products support all major character sets including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.

     

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    Contacts for further information

    David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
    Tel: +44 (0) 1342 311 983 | stylusmedia@gmail.com

    Adam Kennedy-Ripon, Octopus Newsroom
    Tel: +420 221 181 527 | akennedy@octopus-news.com
    Octopus NewsroomTrading Limited, 2nd Floor, 9 Chapel Place,
    London EC2A 3DQ,
    United Kingdom

     

  • Success Story - News Channel Nebraska
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    News Channel Nebraska (NCN) is an independent television and radio network serving Nebraska state and Sioux City using Octopus as the core of their newsroom operations. Operated by Flood Communications LLC, NCN comprises six TV stations transmitting across eastern Nebraska and parts of Siouxland. The program output includes local news, live sports and live events. The Telemundo Spanish-language network was added to the cluster in 2017.

    "News Channel Nebraska was doing everything the hardest way possible," comments network founder and owner Michael Flood. "We started as a radio company which then embraced video and now have our own in-state network serving over 500,000 Nebraska households."

     

    "We needed a reliable, flexible and operator-friendly newsroom computer system to coordinate the news production activity across our various sites. The stations had outgrown the NRCS we used for the first two years to the point where it was really holding us back."

    "We spent a tremendous amount of time researching the best NRCS options that would deliver solutions for TV and on-demand digital as well as radio. We didn’t want to buy expensive servers that would eventually have to be replaced. Probably the biggest reason we chose Octopus was that it allowed PC and Mac workstations from multiple cities to interface and create content for NCN."

     

    "The Octopus solution met our requirements much more closely. We bought 15 licenses for and several of the options. The Octopus team handled everything efficiently and on time including two weeks of training. Octopus is now deployed at 11 cities across Nebraska: Beatrice, Broken Bow, Chadron, Columbus, Fairbury, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Norfolk, Omaha, Plattsmouth and Wayne."

    "Our studio-based news teams and mobile reporters find Octopus a pleasure to work with, putting all the tools they need for each project within easy reach and allowing very fast searching of archived clips. Operating Octopus is a process, there are so many facets to it, we have really only scratched the surface. Being a MOS system has been nice because it interfaces well with the other available systems in the market."

     

    "I like the ability for us to run an entire network serving the whole state of Nebraska and getting content in real time from multiple users. I also like the fact we can have a staff of 130 people delivering content with up to 15 active at any one time and anywhere. If 15 became insufficient we can obviously expand to accommodate more simultaneous users.

    "Octopus allows our content to be fluid and come from many different sources, instead of people being confined to designated workstations and tied to a server room at one location."

     

    Cross-platform compatibility was also a major advantage. Octopus gives us the ability to integrate freely with systems from other manufacturers and software developers. In terms of features, it provides a lot of value for its price."

    "The system we have integrated into NCN includes an Octopus server, 15 user client licenses and 10 Octopus Mobile Journalist licenses," adds Gene Sudduth, Octopus Newsroom's National Sales Director for North America. "We also provided and configured a MOS module, an agency wires module, an email module, an RSS module and social media integration. Onsite professional services were included to ensure a smooth and successful launch."  

     

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  • What we’ve learned at the NAT EXPO, Moscow
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    Nat Expo, Moscow, Wednesday, 31 to Friday, 2 November

    Author: David Kirk, Adam Kennedy-Ripon

    Publication date: Friday, 2 November 2018

     

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    Octopus Newsroom Sales Director Gabriel Jankó reports a lively and well-attended NAT EXPO in Moscow. Gabriel visited the event from Wednesday to Friday and met customers and many new faces to showcase the latest version of Octopus. The latest version of Octopus incorporates digital broadcasting trends that will be required by broadcasters in the future.

    "Television viewers across Russia are increasingly using smartphones and tablets to access their favourite television and radio channels," Gabriel comments.

    "On-Demand-Broadcasting provides viewers with the ability to choose from a selection of live events, news, sports, and electronic gaming on the go and when they want to. You only have to look at the success of Netflix’s and Amazon Prime to see the popularity. Octopus facilitates broadcasters with end-to-end tools required to manage ODB content right up to playout. The Octopus platform is truly unique as it offers both traditional linear and digital production for news, sports, eSports, and live events."

    ''The sound and video quality on smartphones have improved immensely over the past decade, essentially, replacing the need for expensive, bulky equipment, heavy cameras and sound equipment. Journalists can simply remove their smartphone from their pocket and convert it to a broadcast production system via the Octopus App. Essentially, this allows journalists to capture crucial moments on the go and send the content back to base within minutes'' adds Octopus Head of Marketing Adam Kennedy-Ripon.

    Finally, Octopus Newsroom would like to thank everyone for meting up at the NAT Expo, it was a pleasure talking to each of you.

    In case you have missed Gabriel in Moscow, you can still request a demo sales@octopus-news.com   

     

     


     


    Contacts for further information

    David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
    Tel: +44 (0) 1342 311 983 | stylusmedia@gmail.com

    Adam Kennedy-Ripon, Head of Marketing Dept. Octopus Newsroom
    Tel: +420 221 181 513 | akennedy@octopus-news.com

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    Following a highly successful IBC in September and Broadcast India in October, Octopus is now heading to Moscow for the NAT EXPO to meet on the sidelines of the event. Held at the VDNKh Expo centre, the show is open from Wednesday, October 31 through Friday, November 2. 

    Although Octopus will not be exhibiting at NAT Expo this year, Gabriel Janko will be pleased meet you in Moscow and show you the latest 8.2 version. As a sneak peek we have shared some of our personal insights below from Gabriel.

    "TV viewing via cloud-connected devices is becoming increasingly popular in all major countries, not least in Russia," says Octopus Newsroom Sales Director Gabriel Jankó. "We will be promoting the latest end-to-end Octopus newsroom computer system. This is packed with new features enabling broadcasters to adapt easily to future technological demands and digital trends."

    "Octopus version 8.2 gives broadcasters the flexibility to create news for on-demand digital viewing platforms as well as traditional linear programme channels. Octopus empowers more than 250 channels around the world, including eSports, WebTV and live events coverage as well as mainstream news. It can be configured to handle any size of operation, from a single fully-automated news channel up to 24/7 multichannel broadcast network."

    "Journalists are under greater than ever pressure to get the stories out as quickly as possible, direct from the field. The new features in Octopus 8.2 amplify this workflow, facilitating real-time collaboration and editorial approval which are essential for journalists," adds Octopus Head of Marketing Adam Kennedy-Ripon. "Octopus provides the tools news producers need when and where they need it. It simplifies the workflow to maximise efficiency. Newsroom staff gain the freedom to work from any touch point. Octopus can convert the reporter's smartphone into a portable production device to be used for TV or radio interviews, photography and text editing. Once media assets are captured, they can be sent back to base for immediate finessing and playout."

    Easy and quick to learn, Octopus allows seamless control of MOS-compatible production devices such as storage archives, graphics solutions, presentation servers and prompters.

    Octopus supports all major languages, including languages with complex character-sets such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.


    Book a NAT Expo meeting with Gabriel via sales@octopus-news.com or the button below:

     

     

     

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    Contacts for further information

    David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
    Tel: +44 (0) 1342 311 983 | stylusmedia@gmail.com

    Adam Kennedy-Ripon, Head of Marketing Dept. Octopus Newsroom
    Tel: +420 221 181 513 | akennedy@octopus-news.com

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