France Télévisions chooses Videomenthe as one of its providers for regional channels’ transition to HD DTT

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France Télévisions Group chooses Videomenthe

Videomenthe has been chosen by the France Télévisions Group to update its file-processing tools for the transition to HD DTT.

 

The whole of France switched over from DTT to HD DTT overnight between 4 and 5 April 2016, with the aim of updating its TV provision. This involved the generalised introduction of the MPEG4 standard. In preparation for this major change, France Télévisions issued a call to tender, in late 2015, for the file-processing tools across all of its 23 regional sites to be updated with equipment capable of generating MPEG4-standard media. Videomenthe won this bid by offering WFS™ file-based workflow engine and ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoders from Harmonic.

 

Videomenthe’s bid was chosen based on the calibre of its technical provision, notably the flexibility of use and scalability of Harmonic’s WFS workflow engine, and also for the quality of the services provided during its deployment. The Montpellier-based company in fact provides extensive expertise (installation, configuration and training) right across the range of its solutions.

 

The project was launched in early 2016, with the installation and configuration of pilot workstations by the Videomenthe team. Training was then given to a number of designated people to guarantee a successful transition across all of the regional sites. France Télévisions Project Manager Emmanuel Girouard explains: “It was vital that this change should not affect the autonomy of the regional sites. Videomenthe therefore offered us an appropriate technical solution but also training adapted to the individual methods of operation of these 23 sites.”

 

Videomenthe founder and CEO Muriel Le Bellac adds: “We are proud of having won this bid, which is a mark of the confidence France Télévisions showed in us to handle this major transition. Furthermore, working hand in hand with France Télévisions and all of those involved in this project has proved to be a very rewarding experience.”


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