FISM TV implements ENCO automation and instant playout solutions
OTT and online television network FISM TV has turned to the Media Operations Manager (MOM) television automation and integrated channel playout platform and ClipFire instant video playout system from ENCO. Available on a wide range of platforms – including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube, Android and iOS apps, and online at www.fism.tv, FISM TV features preaching and teaching, news, financial, business and documentary content.
FISM selected a playout and scheduling system from a different vendor when it began building out its television operations in 2016, but soon found themselves needing a “more sophisticated and better-automated solution”, according to Krunti “Kae” Hester, Senior Producer and Engineer at FISM TV: “We were happy with it for our initial needs such as basic scheduling, but we had to do many things manually, and we outgrew its limited capabilities. We then tried a cloud-based channel playout service, but it proved to be a poor fit for our needs. It couldn’t provide the speed we needed for uploading shows or changing spots out, and it required multiple steps for things we needed to do quickly.”
Having successfully used ENCO’s DAD automation system for their radio programming, FISM researched its television counterpart: “We purchased MOM in May 2019 and it has proven to be superb for our workflow, enabling us to do exactly what we need very quickly while delivering the same rock-solid reliability we knew from DAD.”
The ENCO system now handles all automation of FISM TV, including scheduling of live segments and breaks, as well as playout of pre-recorded content, commercials, and bumpers. Live programming from the FISM TV studio is fed to MOM from a NewTek TriCaster production switcher. For file-based content, the ENCO platform is connected to a network-attached storage (NAS) system. Users in different locations can remotely access the system to upload or replace files, and the ENCO DropBox utility automatically adds them to the media library.
In addition, FISM TV recently added ENCO’s ClipFire to improve instant clip playout during their live productions, feeding multiple outputs into their TriCaster switcher. “The live presentation software we had been using for clip playout really wasn’t designed for what we needed to do,” explained Hester. “Playout wasn’t consistently reliable, and we were encountering delays or visible issues. ClipFire has been far more stable, and since it shares the same core interface with MOM, there was no learning curve.”