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  • Here’s why Octopus is perfect for eSports production
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    Here’s why Octopus is perfect for eSports production

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    Author: Adam Kennedy-Ripon

    10 April 2019


     

    While Octopus has a strong reputation in the newsroom industry, it’s also one of the most robust eSports production systems on the planet.

     

    Did you know that the world’s largest eSports channels use Octopus for their entire eSports production process, and to broadcast live gaming tournaments to millions of passionate viewers worldwide? Octopus also enables eSports production for WebTV so you can reach your digital community.

    Octopus allows eSports production teams to work and collaborate in real-time from any location or device. So, if you have employees that prefer working on Mac devices while others prefer Windows operating systems, this is no problem.

     

    Also, you can have teams working from multiple locations worldwide. Octopus allows those employees to work as if they were all together in the same office. Times are changing, remote working is now a necessity to capture the energy and atmosphere of live gaming, as they unfold.

    Octopus allows your eSports teams to add segments to the show so you can add in as many live moments as you need, allowing you to reserve rundown space for talking-heads, interviews, ad-hoc moments, live camera shots of the audience or any variety of intros and graphics. Users can make swift changes directly inside the rundown view for all of these items.

     

    Octopus is known for allowing pluginless integration with cutting edge graphics systems, which make it quick and easy to trigger most of the templates you require, for example a team jersey graphics to the screen in any layout, alongside team crests, character animations or banners. Octopus is built for speed and efficiency.

     

    Social media and web editors can also leverage Octopus

    Your eSports production team, social media and web editors can all use Octopus, and in real-time, working towards the same goals with maximum collaboration possibilities. Those teams can quickly post the latest tournament news directly to your website, as Octopus is integrated with leading CMS platforms. Also, your social media team ensure followers are actively engaged and excited about the next tournament by publishing content directly to your social media channels directly from Octopus. This allows your social media teams to align posts with your rundown.

    Octopus allows all your team to capture live moment as they unfold, and when they most matter.

      

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    Contacts for further information

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

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  • The new Octopus iReporter app will revolutionise how you cover breaking stories
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    Make sure to visit Octopus Newsroom at this year’s NAB Show to be amongst the first ones to see the new Octopus iReporter app that will continue to revolutionise your newsroom production.

     

    It will allow you to build an active community from your viewers and turn them into mobile journalists.

     

    The app is equipped with everything you could dream of having, including a real-time geo-map that locates users near an unfolding event and is full of ways for you to contact them to verify a story. You may contact your registered app users directly or you may also send out push notification to users in a certain location.

     

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    You’ll be able to build an active community form your viewers and turn them into active citizen-journalists. It’s a great way to engage and motivate your followers and to grow your community.

    Your community may also use pre-defined tags for the media files for better archiving, saving your news team hours upon hours of wasted time finding suitable video, we’ve all been there. Your community will be an extra layer of ‘eyes and ears’ that you can turn to or to verify fake news.

    The Octopus iReporter app really allows you to get news directly from the source when it most matters.

    It will revolutionise how you cover a breaking story, completely modernising your newsroom.

    Plan a visit to our booth to see this new exclusive app in action. Others are already lined up to see the launch, be the first from your channel and bring back the good news!

     

    Plan a visit to our booth to see this new exclusive app in action. Others are already lined up to see the launch, be the first from your channel and bring back the exciting news!

     

    Request iReporter Demo

     

     

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    Where to find us at NAB Las Vegas 2019:

     

    • Exhibit Hall Hours
    • Monday, April 8 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 9 | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 10 | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 11 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

     



    Contacts for further information

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

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  • Success Story - Cable Noticias, Colombia
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    Cable Noticias is a Columbian 24-hour news channel that for over 4-years has been reaping the benefits of the Octopus Newsroom System. 

    Based in Bogotá and with Octopus at the heart of its newsroom workflow, Cable Noticias has been expanding from a smaller national station to an international news agency and is currently broadcasting to the majority of Latin America to a reach of millions.

    Engineering Advisor Jorge E. Ramirez Camelo explains “Once we started using Octopus, it transformed the way we could deliver news. The versatility for all our users including editors, journalists and operational people allowed us to collaborate on stories that before was impossible.”

    One of the main challenges that was solved for Cable Noticias was the agility and speed at which news stories could be created and modified.  On creating stories, an intuitive creation suite allows journalists to easily find historical elements for insertion as well empowering editors a fast turnaround concerning the location and insertion of text, graphic objects and videos. The flexibility of Octopus has meant fewer human resources to manage complex operations, as well as the versatility to react to late breaking news stories.

    Camelo continues "It was important that the system could easily integrate into our existing technology investments. The system at our studio headquarters is linked with our Imagine Nexio servers, Vizrt graphics and Autocue teleprompters. Scripts for the newsreaders can be exported direct from Octopus to the teleprompter. And the system is fully integrated into the playout process with full bi-directional synchronisation between both systems."

    In addition, Octopus fully supports a multi operating environment, which in the case of Cable Noticias, includes a substantial MAC environment that hosts many of their editing applications including Apple’s Final Cut NLE.

    Camelo concludes “Service and support was a very important selection criteria for us when we originally implemented the Octopus system. The ongoing support has been excellent and has been fundamental in improving the quality of our news delivery which has been critical in our international growth.”

     

    Since the installation in 2015, Octopus has become an indispensable NCRS tool for Cable Noticias which is evidenced by its increase in viewers and expansion across Latin America. Octopus has been a major contribution to their success by streamlining news workflows, improving man-power efficiency and making it easier to share content across their entire spectrum of programming. In addition, the Octopus social media module has increased customer reach by empowering journalists to publish stories direct to social media, creating a new genre of audience.

     

     



    Contacts for further information

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

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  • Success Story - Switch TV Kenya
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    Tuesday, 12 March 2019 

    Authors: Adam Kennedy-Ripon


    Switch TV is one of Africa's most recently established broadcast channels that broad-cast hip shows, movies, series, soaps, news and sports. Their objective is to be the most influential platform for educating and empowering the youth to solve humanitarian issues in Kenya, in Africa and the whole world. Based in Nairobi, Switch TV transmits live via the Signet subsidiary of the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation and on-demand TV.

     

    Switch TV installed Octopus 5 months ago in October 2018. The Octopus computer system is being used to create a wide variety of local and international news, current affairs and sports programmes

     

    "Switch TV is a new initiative by the Kenya Red Cross," says Managing Editor Lenny Ruvaga who joined in April after three years as a journalist with Voice of America. "Its primary role is to provide a wide mix of content with the emphasis on motivating young-generation viewers to turn their aspirations into reality and, in so doing, build a strong sense of community."

     

    Why Octopus?

     

    "We identified Octopus as the ideal news production environment both for traditional lin-ear transmissions and for viewers accessing our on-demand output via mobile digital platforms. We are using it to produce our 'Switch168' programme which airs each day at 1 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm. This provides an update of current events, business news and sports, with a Kenyan and global focus. Key stories are also made available online in 1080i high definition via our website, each clearly labelled and with an average about three minutes."

     

    "Our newsroom staff are able to create all this content quickly and efficiently within the Octopus framework rather than having to divide linear and on-demand workflow between two different teams."

     

    The solution provided for Switch TV comprises a full-scale system including main and hot-standby servers, MOS integration, Email Agent, Inject Agent to carry wires from Reuters, social media integration and RSS agent. Switch TV is also testing the Octopus Mobile app to provide reporters with an efficient tool while working in various remote locations.

     

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    Contacts for further information

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

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  • Octopus Newsroom unveils the latest wave of innovations for newsroom production at NAB 2019
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    Tuesday, 12 March 2019 

    Authors: Adam Kennedy-Ripon


     

    This year is special. Octopus Newsroom will unveil the latest newsroom production system that raises new horizons for the future of broadcasting. Modernizing newsroom with innovative yet proven solutions.

     

    Octopus are excited to unveil the innovative Octopus iReporter app which will be demonstrated at our booth. The new app allows newsrooms to directly engage their viewers, who can capture unfolding events from the source — the app converts your viewers into potential reporters. The app is equipped with an interactive geo-map to locate people near a breaking event. The Octopus team will also showcase the next-generation of newsroom planning tools and real-time collaboration that allows teams to contribute from anywhere to anywhere. Octopus expands viewer engagement with Social Media integration and quick publication on major CMS’s.

     

    Octopus will demo an enhanced assignment desk which can also be used for resource management, tracking and monitoring expenses. The assignment desk allows multiple views, including a calendar and agenda view. Users can also create custom fields within the assignment desk to fit their preferred workflow style. For broadcasters using legacy NRCS, switching to Octopus is much easier than you might think with minimal impact. Better yet, Octopus supports both Linear and digital broadcasting and extends beyond newsroom production to also fully support eSports, Sports, WebTV and Live Events. Octopus is currently used by the world’s largest eSports broadcaster worldwide, with significant success.

     

    "Octopus reduces wasted time by facilitating improved sharing options," says Gene Sudduth, National Sales Director for North America. "Content and resources can be shared in real-time between multiple teams working on the same topic and from different platforms. This has made it a highly popular solution for sports, eSports, live events and WebTV as well as traditional news programming.

     

    "Journalists really appreciate the ability to create content remotely from the field on any device," adds Gianluca Bertuzzi, Sales Manager, Latin America & Africa. "This gives them the freedom to work directly from remote locations, share media assets, access wires and rundowns, and create stories for fast delivery back to base."

     

    Customer Success Stories

    Read some Customer Success Stories, covering diverse range of broadcasting requirments:

     

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    Request a meeting or demo at NAB, Las Vegas 2019

    • Dates: 8 – 11 April 2019
    • Booth: SL7627
    • Hall: South Hall (Lower)
    • Guest Pass: LV2243 (Guest Passes increase from $0 to $50 after March 24)
     

     

    Request a online demo

     

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    Contacts for further information

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

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  • Switching to Octopus is easy
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    Tuesday, 27 Feburary 2019 

    Authors: Adam Kennedy-Ripon, Gabriel Janko


     

     

    Switching to Octopus NRCS is easier than you think and will have a minimum impact on your existing set-up, production will continue as usual.

    More and more customers are getting tired of their legacy newsroom software. Most often the reason is that their current NRCS software is outdated, expensive to maintain, lacks many innovative functionalities or is not sufficiently flexible. Or, it genuinely fails to meet expectations in today's digitally demanding, collaborative, automotive and story-centric news production process.

    Switching to the Octopus NRCS is obviously a big decision and may be scary to some people at first glance. But it is easier than you think.

    Octopus has successfully switched numerous customers worldwide over the past 20 years, from all types of newsroom computer systems, including established mainstream providers as well as in-house developed variations. The Octopus Support team is always there to make sure everything goes smooth for you and that your newsroom management system is working perfectly for everyone.

    To make the whole process clear, we have prepared an overview of the 10 most typical steps that lead to a successful switch:

    1. Hardware preparation for the Octopus system.
    2. Octopus Installation by experienced engineers.
    3. Custom tailored newsroom workflow, provided by Product Specialists’ and Trainers.
    4. Workflow configuration (unlimited user adjustments until it is absolutely perfect).
    5. Octopus Integration with MAM, playout system, automation, real-time graphics system, teleprompters, social media and CMS.
    6. Administrator training and final workflow adjustments.
    7. News production team training, observation and support.
    8. Partial data conversion from your legacy newsroom system to Octopus.
    9. Full switch to Octopus NRCS, on-air coaching and direct on-site support.
    10. Final data conversion.

    Depending on the size of your newsroom, the entire process would typically take anywhere from 3-weeks to 3-months. Our technicians and experienced trainers will ensure a smooth and efficient transition, with minimum disruption and will be with you when you go live, for the first time.

    If you are looking for a newsroom computer system replacement or if you are considering the opportunity, but undecided, we would love to hear from you.

    Contact our dedicated sales team for a no-strings-attached consultation. We will offer you a tailored migration plan, together with an all-inclusive budgetary proposal.

     

    Request a online demo

     

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    Contacts for further information

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

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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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    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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    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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  • 1999 - 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

     

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