Thomson Video Networks has announced the integration of its Sapphire MPEG stream server with SoftCast, a suite of software products from SoftCast Technologies that streamlines the operation and management of broadcast TV channels.
SoftCast Technologies is a new product department of Ideal Systems Group, Asia’s largest broadcast systems integrator and a longtime Thomson Video Networks global partner and value-added reseller in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The integration of SoftCast and the Sapphire “channel-in-a-box” server will provide Thomson Video Networks and Ideal Systems customers with a turnkey playout and ad insertion solution.
Sapphire is a channel-in-a-box solution that provides all the functions needed to ingest, process, brand and generate TV channels ready for air, and offers advanced capture, playout and ad insertion capabilities and frame-accurate operation for MPEG-2 and H.264 compressed content.
As the first downloadable suite of solutions for broadcast TV operators, SoftCast is now available for purchase from the Ideal Systems online store. The integration of Sapphire with the SoftCast Automation, Broadcast Schedule Planning (traffic) and Broadcast Ad Sales (ad scheduling) modules addresses broadcasters’ new-generation playout requirements with a hybrid solution for both MPEG and baseband video delivery.