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Aug 24, 2018
It’s Showtime! Introducing Dalet OnePlay
We sat down with Dalet OnePlay Product Line Manager Raul Alba before IBC 2018 to get the lowdown on how to transform live production with studio automation and unleash untapped opportunities for broadcasters.

An Interview with Raul Alba

Raul Alba is Product Line Manager for Studio Production, Broadcast Graphics, and I/O Solutions at Dalet. In this article, Raul gives insights about the recent launch of Dalet OnePlay, the next-gen automated studio production solution.

An extension of the Dalet Galaxy five MAM, NRCS and Workflow Orchestration platform, Dalet OnePlay is a new-generation studio automation solution designed to modernize live productions, increase audience engagement and open up new revenue opportunities while optimizing operational costs and reliability. Dalet OnePlay was designed to be the perfect complement for show production, making it an ideal solution for newscasts, sports magazines, live and live-to-tape studio shows.

We sat down with Dalet OnePlay Product Line Manager Raul Alba before IBC 2018 to get the lowdown on how to transform live production with studio automation and unleash untapped opportunities for broadcasters.


With the wide range of playout and studio automation solutions available on the market today, what is the problem that Dalet OnePlay sets out to solve that the others haven’t been able to do?


Dalet OnePlay addresses three main problems that show productions face today:

  1. How to create and distribute more content to more platforms using the same resources
  2. How to mitigate operational errors across the media workflow
  3. How to ensure seamless collaboration between the newsroom and the control room


Most broadcasters cannot afford to run every production device manually. It’s simply too costly and too cumbersome. Dalet OnePlay solves this and much much more. With a modern and efficient web-based user interface, which runs both on desktop and tablet, Dalet OnePlay offers an intuitive experience to control all core production device types, including video switchers and servers, cameras, audio mixing consoles, graphics, lighting, routers and more.


Unlike most playout and studio automation systems that rely on standard protocols like MOS to integrate with the newsroom, Dalet OnePlay is natively part of the same media workflow platform: Dalet Galaxy five. This offers full, bi-directional collaboration between the newsroom or show preparation team and the control room. For example, the timing information and duration of a show - elements that can change on the fly - are available in real time to every user. They collectively have more control over what’s happening during the show and have the ability to make critical adjustments or fine tuning on upcoming stories as the show is happening.


As a result, everything can be controlled both from the production side and from the editorial side, and users will know what will play at what moment and what is automated; you have more control not only over the editorial content of your stories, but also over how precise the playout will be. This reliable, flexible and efficient workflow allows media organizations to shift their operations forward and get more content to more platforms in a shorter time frame using the same resources, all while ensuring audiences receive consistent and high-quality experiences across all devices.


Further to that, Dalet OnePlay offers a very lean and flexible experience for mixed workflows where certain events are scheduled and played automatically and others are adjusted and played manually according to what’s happening live inside (and outside) the studio.


Last but perhaps one of the most important aspects is the native connectivity between Dalet OnePlay, the Dalet Workflow Engine and the Dalet Galaxy five MAM platform. This is a very unique and powerful combination that enables producers and editorial teams to associate rule-based automated processes as a macro or secondary event of the show. This means they can schedule and automate social media posts or any custom distribution workflow with any element from the library in synchronization with the show. For instance, a post teasing audiences on social media before a guest comes in, or a trailer with the best plays from recent games before a sport magazine starts. While some of this happens today, it's largely done manually, and by large broadcasters who have the resources to do so. Orchestrating and automating these provide limitless options while opening it up to content creators with fewer resources and will redefine how audiences can be engaged on many devices before, during and after your show!


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What viewing statistics are driving the need for this type of playout and live production workflow with multiplatform distribution that media organizations should be aware of?
 

According to eMarketer, there are at least 162 million US adults monthly using a smartphone as second-screen device while watching TV. Yes, that’s about 50% of the US population!


Broadcasters need to tease their audience on social media by sending timely updates and notifications directly to their mobile devices in order to maximize engagement and retention. As eMarketer very rightly points out, “few viewers are giving the TV set their undivided attention” nowadays.


In the past, our customers had to produce content for single outlets; now they have to produce for many complementary channels. Some of this content is produced live, and the time to make it available on social media, online or over the top to any other outlet must be as short as possible. Without a tight connection between playout and posting on non-traditional outlets, broadcasters are more likely to lose time and thus make their content less valuable. By shortening this time and automating the publishing to different outlets, they are adding value to the content that’s being generated.



What kinds of operational efficiency savings and new revenue opportunities can be achieved with Dalet OnePlay?


Optimizing operational expenses is a key factor for every customer. We all know that in today’s competitive landscape, broadcasters need to produce more content than ever before. And they have to produce it to the highest quality standards, in a shorter period of time, for more devices at the same budget - if not a more reduced budget. Dalet OnePlay helps broadcasters automate operations and increase agility, ultimately streamlining their entire show production workflow.


The tightly connected, modern workflow eliminates any lag time between when the actual production happens and when this content can become available online. As long as everything is properly prepared, the segment that should be published to social media will be automatically cut and published with all corresponding graphics and digital assets. Indeed, an Instagram post will need different graphics and have a different aspect ratio in comparison to a Facebook, Twitter or YouTube post.


As a result, broadcasters can add more value to their content and open up additional revenue streams. Resources are freed to create more and higher quality content that will further  engage and retain audiences, thus scaling their production output and increasing ROI.



How will Dalet OnePlay support the evolution of viewer habits over time?


Dalet OnePlay was created for constant production of studio shows and events - one of the few pieces of content that millennials are actually watching live, be that on traditional TV or more likely, online and OTT. By working with a system that enables reliable, consistent and orchestrated output of quality content before, during and after the show, at a lower cost and on multiple platforms and devices, content creators can become more successful and strengthen audience retention while driving new viewers to their content channels.
 

Want to go further? Meet Raul and the Dalet Team at IBC2018!

 

 

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The firepower brought by the Dalet acquisition has enabled a larger scale of development, increasing the Platform's capabilities to serve a wider range of organizations looking to take control of their video strategy, such as digital media teams, sports leagues and teams, as well as brands and media companies that are scaling up their digital offerings and going Direct-To-Consumer at an accelerated pace. “Stepping beyond the traditional broadcast space where Dalet has been a leader for years, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform is filling key media logistics requirements for companies like EnhanceTV, Arsenal Football Club and Migo in the Philippines - a startup that is looking to make OTT consumption of premium content affordable for developing countries,” comments Bea Alonso, Director of Product Marketing at Dalet. “With video as a core component of today’s business plans, these organizations require a content management platform that allows them to collaborate seamlessly, produce outstanding content fast, and take control of their media processing and distribution chain. The Ooyala Flex Media Platform is designed to streamline workflows, empowering companies to better monetize their content. It offers tremendous distribution versatility, allowing these companies to spin up campaigns and content offerings for social, digital and OTT quickly and efficiently.” Key development initiatives over the last six months include: Enhanced Support for OVP/OTT workflows The Ooyala Flex Media Platform extends its support for delivering content to a range of OVP providers, including the latest enhancements to the Brightcove Plug-in. “Our commitment to supporting OTT workflows is a top priority on the Dalet roadmap and is demonstrated in recent releases. Going forward, we will continue to expand on multi-platform distribution capabilities”, says Lincoln Spiteri, VP Engineering at Dalet. New OTT capabilities include support for MPEG-DASH and increased support for complex metadata hierarchies and taxonomies. Exceptional User Experience The latest OoyalaMAM, web interface, which has been designed with direct customer input, provides an exceptional user experience that enables fast adoption of tools and workflows. Rich new features include advanced asset search capabilities - including descriptive and temporal metadata, easy metadata curation, and tools to organize large asset collections. In addition, OoyalaMAM also provides media visualization aids in the form of audio waveform and audio level meters and a frame-accurate HTML5 video player, plus MP4, MPEG-DASH and HLS with audio switching and captions. Formidable, Scalable Framework Dalet R&amp;D has significantly advanced the scalability, operability and reliability of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform. The Platform has consolidated its poly-cloud credentials and is available for deployment in Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. It also supports on-premise bare-metal deployments. Spiteri adds, “Running in the cloud is one thing, running well in the cloud is another. Since 2015, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform has taken a cloud-native approach towards its underlying architecture. The Platform is fully containerized, built as a collection of microservices that play well with modern DevOps practices.” An updated storage abstraction layer improves the placement of assets across storage solutions, enabling more efficient multi-site operations with options to move assets and workflows to the cloud via hybrid-cloud deployments. Open Platform Ready for Integration Designed to integrate with any system with an open API, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform can extend workflows through messaging plugins and custom scripts. Alternatively, its own REST API allows clients to build their own applications on top of the Platform. New API advancements allow customers to develop native plugins that can be deployed into the Platform’s runtime. The job execution framework (JEF) and related SDK are available to customers who wish to extend the platform beyond what is achievable via scripting. Monthly Release Cycle Moving forward, Dalet will employ a monthly release cadence that allows Ooyala Flex Media Platform’s customers to adopt new capabilities and evolve workflows faster than ever before. The rapid R&amp;D schedule will also ensure that the Platform and its numerous integrations remain secure and in compliance with strict industry standards, such as the DPP Committed to Security marks for Broadcast and Production. For more information on the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, please visit https://www.dalet.com/ooyala-flex-media-platform. Additionally, to learn more about how the Ooyala Flex Media Platform can address today’s media consumption demands with cloud-based content supply chains, see the blog post by Lincoln Spiteri here. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Based on an agile foundation, Dalet offers rich collaborative tools empowering end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, post-production, archives and enterprise content management, radio, education, governments and institutions. Dalet platforms are scalable and modular. They offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical functions of small to large media operations - such as planning, workflow orchestration, ingest, cataloging, editing, chat &amp; notifications, transcoding, play out automation, multi-platform distribution and analytics. The integration of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform business has opened vast opportunities for Dalet customers to deploy successful strategies that better address their audiences with agile multi-platform content distribution in a wider range of markets, such as sports for teams and leagues, brands and corporate organizations, as well as Media and Entertainment companies looking to scale up their digital offerings. Dalet solutions and services are used around the world at hundreds of content producers and distributors, including public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, France TV, RAI, TV2 Denmark, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, SBS Australia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, MBC Dubai, Mediacorp, Fox Sports Australia, Turner Asia, Mediaset, Orange, Charter Spectrum, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), sporting organizations (National Rugby League, FIVB, Bundesliga) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com. Press Contact Alex Molina Zazil Media Group (C) alex@zazilmediagroup.com (T) +1 (617) 834-9600
NBCUniversal promotes collaboration through tech in new Boston facility
With six studios and a 265-desk newsroom, the new NBCUniversal Boston Media Center is ready for content production and distribution, both via traditional linear television and streaming or podcasts. The facility, which officially opened its doors on Jan. 15, 2020, is located outside of Boston in Needham, Massachusetts. At 160,000 square feet, the building combines the operations of four properties that were previously in two separate locations, including WBTS, NBC 10 Boston; WNEU, Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra; cable news channel NECN; and NBC Sports Boston. Read more
Capturing the television audience of the future with OTT
It was only a few years ago that video streaming was seen as a ’nice to have’, an addition to TVs, and there were doubts as to whether Netflix and HBO had the ability to disrupt the broadcast landscape. Consumers now have access to a wide range of viewing options, which explains why video analysis and creative content are more important than ever before. Daily film and video consumption via the internet is increasing for all ages, 52% of UK households connect their TV to the internet. Senior viewership has long been a safe card for traditional TV, generally spending longer hours consuming television compared with younger viewers; with adults in the age group of 65 years and older watching 5.72 hours of TV each day. Yet this is changing at an ever-increasing pace as the demographic now chooses to watch television via OTT platforms such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and YouTube. Read more
The challenges and Opportunities of the great M&E Reshuffle
Seismic market shifts are drastically altering the media and entertainment landscape. The first and most important factor is quickly evolving audience habits. Viewers are tuning in via continually evolving devices and channels; they also crave fresh content that engages them in a more immersive, increasingly personalized way. Read more (p.56)
Dalet Reveals Updated Product Lineup that Streamlines the Multi-platform and Digital Media Content Supply Chain at IBC2019
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will demonstrate how its newly expanded media product lineup manages the content supply chain from production to distribution for a much wider range of media management needs and a significantly broader market at the 2019 IBC Show (Hall 8, Stand B77), held in Amsterdam from September 13th through September 17th. The recent Ooyala Flex Media Platform business acquisition combined with new product introductions spanning broadcast graphics, AI-powered content and production workflows, and IP infrastructure add even greater breadth and depth to the Dalet media management capabilities. The expanded Dalet product offering answers the needs of existing news, sports, programs, radio and archive customers requiring solutions to enable enterprise orchestration, intensive production and multi-platform distribution workflows. For new customers and markets, including corporate brands, telcos, sports teams and leagues, Dalet now offers agile, subscription-based solutions to manage multi-platform packaging and digital media distribution workflows. “Today, the ability to launch new services quickly at reduced operational costs is essential for content owners and distributors to remain competitive, and both Dalet and Ooyala have been helping them address this challenge in our respective areas of expertise. This was one of the key drivers behind the Ooyala acquisition,” states Kevin Savina, Director of Product Strategy, Dalet. “The Ooyala Flex Media Platform, with its strong OTT content supply chain and multi-platform distribution capabilities, is a perfect complement to Dalet Galaxy five, which is the platform of choice for production-intensive and enterprise media operations. We look forward to demonstrating that at IBC2019 alongside all the other innovations we will be showcasing on our other platforms.” Powering the Digital Content Supply Chain &amp; Multi-platform Distribution - Ooyala Flex Media Platform Now under the Dalet umbrella, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform is nested within a media ecosystem that will enable a steady growth path, with a number of new features being unveiled at IBC2019. The platform now includes the ability to publish to multiple online video platforms, such as Kaltura, JWPlayer and Brightcove, offering increased support for OTT workflows and multi-platform distribution. Integration with Dalet AmberFin for orchestrated, high-quality media processing, and Dalet Media Cortex for AI-augmented workflows will also be demonstrated at the show, developing the first synergies between the Ooyala Flex Media Platform and the wider Dalet product range. Leveraging AI to Augment Content Workflows - Dalet Media Cortex The AI SaaS platform, Dalet Media Cortex, automatically enriches content and provides actionable insights, contextual recommendations, speech-to-text transcriptions and automated closed captioning, offering real value for both the users and the wider organization. An add-on to Dalet Galaxy five and Ooyala Flex Media Platform, the pay-as-you-go AI platform helps media organizations leverage cognitive services and machine learning across content operations and businesses. Providing the right insights, in the right toolset, with the right context, Dalet Media Cortex helps content producers, owners and publishers across news, sports, programs and radio operations make the most of their media assets and become more productive, automating mundane tasks so they can focus on the creative editorial process. Advanced Broadcast Graphics with Brainstorm Real-Time Graphics Engine - Dalet CubeNG Fully integrated across the Dalet Unified News Operations solution powered by Dalet Galaxy five, the state-of-the-art, full-featured Dalet CubeNG graphics platform is a major upgrade and leverages the industry-leading Brainstorm real-time graphics engine to deliver superior 2D and 3D branding and visuals. Suited for both on-air and file-based graphics creation, the Dalet CubeNG unified approach enables news broadcasters to easily create dynamic branding and up-level visual storytelling across traditional, digital and social channels. Exceptional In-the-Field Multimedia Production Experience - Dalet Remote Editing Media organizations in fast-paced production markets such as news, sports and reality TV have extensive in-the-field production needs. The Dalet Remote Editing highly scalable framework brings full-featured multimedia editing capabilities and speed to the editors working in the field or out of remote offices, as well as freelancers. Dalet Remote Editing securely connects journalists, producers, editors and other content creators to the central content hub, enabling remote users to edit, assemble, collaborate and quickly submit packages or download high-resolution media to finalize locally even in low-bandwidth situations, with no additional PAM or MAM required. The first release of the new Dalet Remote Editing framework supports Dalet OneCut natively with subsequent updates supporting Dalet Xtend-compatible third-party editing applications. A Clear Path to IP - Dalet Brio Dalet is providing media organizations a clear path and controlled transition to IP with support for SMPTE ST 2110 in the latest release of its Dalet Brio I/O platform. Supporting both SMPTE ST 2110 and SDI standard workflows, the high-density ingest and playout platform allows media facilities to invest in their future IP infrastructure without disrupting their current operation. The cornerstone of advanced, IP-ready media operations, Dalet Brio adapts to new production and distribution environments with advanced capabilities that manage ingest, transfers and playout to and from a wide range of systems and devices. Its extensive IP support enables users to process a wide range of parallel streams including SMPTE ST 2110, ST 2022-2 and NDI for linear channels, and RTMP for digital platforms like Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter. Better Together - Join us for a Very Special Dalet Pulse Event! This IBC2019, the Dalet Pulse media innovation summit will expand its platform to include Ooyala. Celebrating the joining of two great media teams and technologies, the Dalet Pulse theme this year, Better Together, will give attendees a chance to learn about the extended product portfolio and how it helps leading media organizations develop agile content supply chains, deliver unique content experiences to multi-platform audiences, and increase revenues with Dalet solutions and partner technologies. It’s also a unique opportunity to meet the expanded team. Thursday, 12 September Pompstation, Amsterdam Keynote: 17:30 - 19:00 Party: 19:00 - 22:00 Register now via https://www.dalet.com/events/dalet-pulse-ibc-2019 Book a Private Briefing to Learn More About Dalet Take the opportunity to have a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how the latest products and solutions can help you better create, manage and distribute content. Book a meeting via https://www.dalet.com/events/ibc-show-2019 Press can contact Alex Molina at alex@zazilmediagroup.com to schedule a media briefing. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organisations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximising the value of assets. Based on an agile foundation, Dalet offers rich collaborative tools empowering end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, post-production, archives and enterprise content management, radio, education, governments and institutions. Dalet platforms are scalable and modular. They offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical functions of small to large media operations - such as planning, workflow orchestration, ingest, cataloguing, editing, chat &amp; notifications, transcoding, play out automation, multi-platform distribution and analytics. In July 2019, Dalet announced the acquisition of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform business. An acceleration of the company’s mission, the move brings tremendous value to existing Dalet and Ooyala customers, opening vast opportunities for OTT &amp; digital distribution. Dalet solutions and services are used around the world at hundreds of content producers and distributors, including public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, France TV, RAI, TV2 Denmark, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, SBS Australia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, MBC Dubai, Mediacorp, Fox Sports Australia, Turner Asia, Mediaset, Orange, Charter Spectrum, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), sporting organisations (National Rugby League, FIVB, LFP) and government organisations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
With the Acquisition of Ooyala Flex Media Platform, Dalet Enters the Digital Distribution Space
The deal, officially announced last Monday, moves Dalet closer to being an end-to-end solutions provider By Brandon Costa, Director of Digital - SVG Monday, July 22, 2019 Last Monday, Dalet, a technology provider known largely for its production and content-management–media solutions, made a major move into the live-streaming–technology space, announcing the acquisition of Ooyala Flex Media Platform... Read more
Dalet Shows News Workflows With AI And Ooyala
The latest version of Dalet’s AI-driven workflow service is a highlight of its IBC exhibit, now integrated with Ooyala Flex. The SaaS platform enables the orchestration of multiple cognitive services in a pay-as-you-go model. Read more
Dalet Wins TV Technology Best of Show Award at IBC Show 2019
AMSTERDAM—TV Technology's sister publication TVBEurope has announced the winners of the Best of Show at IBC 2019 Awards. Awards honor innovation and outstanding product development in media and entertainment. The new version of Dalet Media Cortex, our AI SaaS platform, won "Best of Show" award at IBC 2019! This platform is now seamlessly integrated with Ooyala Flex Media Platform and offers smart captioning capabilities that enable more efficient productions and delivery and contextual recommendations that boost creative work from planning through production. Read more
Dalet Expands Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment to Enhance the Fan Experience
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations and content professionals, today announced that Maple Leafs Sports &amp; Entertainment (MLSE) has expanded its Dalet installation to improve overall fan engagement and experience as well as tap into new markets that ultimately increase revenue. The state-of-the-art Dalet solution features advanced sports production and distribution for MLSE’s four professional sports teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS) and Toronto Argonauts (CFL). “Professional sports have always been a ‘now’ focused-type of entertainment and the digital era has brought in a whole new world when it comes to fan engagement,” comments Shannon Hosford, Chief Marketing Officer at MLSE. “Our number one goal is to provide a unique media experience and deepen fan engagement before, during and after the game. Dalet allows us to focus on telling the timely stories that matter to fans right now - whether it’s creating snackable content from interviews, a look into the lives of players, or deconstructing a spectacular play moments after it happens. It also gives us the ability to reuse that content for a related story in the future; connecting the history of the organization to that ‘now’ moment, which deepens the passion our fans have for their favorite team.” MLSE captures an enormous amount of content from games, practices, media scrums and interviews, and carefully curates that content for delivery to an omnichannel experience their fans have come to expect. Leveraging Dalet Galaxy, MLSE effectively wrangles content with a detailed metadata scheme that makes it accessible and useable in the moment and in the future &lt;iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rl9yRhM0Jm8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; By unifying content ingest, production and distribution into a cohesive ecosystem, Dalet Galaxy enables operations to have greater agility to share content across divisions, bureaus and remote locations, driving the interconnected storytelling they require across the brand. “Content is becoming increasingly more strategic for sports networks, leagues, teams, venues, and brands to better engage and retain their fans, whether it’s direct or through a network of providers,” states Frederic Roux, Vice President of Sales, Dalet. “To be competitive, you need a supply chain such as Dalet Galaxy that can manage the rich content inventory as it grows, effectively utilize it, and quickly tap into new opportunities when they arise. With its agile orchestration and publishing workflow, Dalet Galaxy manages content lifecycle with the built-in flexibility required to make those critical ‘in the moment’ adjustments that keep fans dialed in at all stages of the game experience.” About the Dalet Workflow at MLSE Serving as the core media infrastructure for Scotiabank Arena, the Dalet Galaxy platform facilitates all team content logging, transcoding, fast assembly and multiplatform distribution at the venue. The expansion builds on the successful Dalet archive project implemented in 2012 and connects the entire production and distribution workflow, including the group's post-production activities via Dalet Xtend for Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC. Rebecca Waters, Manager - Media Asset Management at MLSE For more information on the Dalet Galaxy workflow at MLSE, please watch the video case study. About MLSE Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment companies, owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS), Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA G League), TFC II (USL) and Raptors Uprising Gaming Club (NBA 2K League). MLSE also owns MLSE Foundation and MLSE LaunchPad, its charitable arms, and MLSE Live, its live entertainment brand. It owns and operates Scotiabank Arena, Maple Leaf Square, two digital channels – Leafs Nation Network and NBA TV Canada and has a partnership with Live Nation - the biggest concert promoter in the world. MLSE has also invested in and operates five of Toronto’s sports facilities - BMO Field, Coca-Cola Coliseum, Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence, OVO Athletic Centre and BMO Training Grounds at Downsview Park. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organisations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximising the value of assets. Based on an agile foundation, Dalet offers rich collaborative tools empowering end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, post-production, archives and enterprise content management, radio, education, governments and institutions. Dalet platforms are scalable and modular. They offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical functions of small to large media operations - such as planning, workflow orchestration, ingest, cataloguing, editing, chat &amp; notifications, transcoding, play out automation, multi-platform distribution and analytics. Dalet solutions and services are used around the world at hundreds of content producers and distributors, including public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, SBS Australia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, MBC Dubai, Mediacorp, Mediaset, Orange, Charter Spectrum, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio) and government organisations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.