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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!

 

 

Dalet OnePlay

 

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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations and content professionals, today announced that Moscow-based station ТВ Центр (TV Centre) will upgrade its media operation to the new Dalet Galaxy five Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform, propelling an HD and beyond production and multiplatform distribution workflow that better connects content with their audience on the device of their choice. A Dalet customer since 2006, TV Centre is a state-run Russia TV station with the fourth largest coverage in Russia after Dalet-powered broadcasters Channel One, Russia-1 and NTV. Dedicated to programming that highlights various aspects of the Capital life, the channel airs nationally and is also broadcasted outside of Russian territory. Facilitating TV Centre newsroom and program media needs from ingest to delivery, the initial Dalet installation featured the Dalet MAM with end-to-end News production, NCRS and playout for the newsroom and embedded production tools for unified search, assembly and distribution of program content. Under the new progressive Dalet Galaxy five powered workflow, TV Centre will move into HD production and delivery with the ability to support higher resolutions in the future. The broadcaster will also leverage the new Dalet Galaxy five Social Media Framework capabilities to further streamline its news content supply chain and expand its audience reach, outputting news content to all major social channels including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. In addition to advancing its social media initiatives, the broadcaster will also be able to integrate its digital platform to its CMS for rapid publishing of news online. Completing the upgrade will be full integration of TV Centre Archives. "The operational goal driving the upgrade to Dalet Galaxy five was our transition to the HD and AVC Intra as our mezzanine format,” explains Alexey Brusnitsky, technical director TV Centre. “However, this move is much more than a technical uplift and there is a bigger strategic picture at play for us at TV Centre. We also wanted to take advantage of the migration to evolve our operation and meet the changing demands of our audience as well as enable future technologies. We felt the Dalet Galaxy five platform offered the agility required to deliver on this ambition with Dalet as our trusted technology partner to help us get to that next level.” Leveraging the Dalet Galaxy five Workflow Engine, TV Centre can now build and orchestrate ingest, transcoding and news automation workflows as well as employ specific archive file migration policies across the entire operation. “The Dalet Galaxy five API integrations are also very appealing for TV Centre specifically for their archives,” explains Johann Zemmour, general manager Dalet EMEA and APAC. “Connecting the archives into the workflow will give them a fluid, connected movement of content from ingest to playout to archive. Further, Dalet Galaxy five will give them the ability to employ IMF workflows in the future utilizing the Dalet AmberFin media processing platform and the Dalet Workflow Engine. The ease with which TV Centre has been able to advance its production and distribution capabilities while integrating a range of in-house systems, underlines just how robust and flexible Dalet Galaxy five is as a platform in which you can evolve the operation and maximize your ROI." 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.
Telefe Upgrades to Dalet Galaxy five
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations and content professionals, today announced that leading free-to-air Argentine network Telefe is to drive an expansive multiplatform workflow with the Dalet Galaxy five Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform. The massive upgrade encompasses program preparation, production, output, and archive and will principally improve Telefe’s automation and social media workflow. Owned and operated by Viacom International Media Networks since 2016, Televisión Federal (known as Telefe) reaches 95% of all households in Argentina, a country of 43 million. Headquartered in Buenos Aires, it produces more than 3,000 hours of Spanish language video content each year distributed across eight regional channels, as well as a significant and growing multi-platform presence and, distributed globally over pay TV channel Telefe Internacional. Telefe also manages a library of over 33,000 hours of content. Dalet has facilitated Telefe’s broadcast, post, and archive workflows since 2014. The comprehensive installation gives Telefe producers, editors, assistant editors, and operators direct access to archives and workflow tools. “We need to serve our audience by reaching them wherever they are and that means a huge expansion in our social media distribution,” explained Santiago Matias Guimerans Soto, vice president of technology and operations at Telefe. “Having successfully based our media operations on Dalet for many years it was natural for us to upgrade to Dalet Galaxy five to take advantage in particular of the workflow engine. This will give us greater agility and speed in developing new workflows to accommodate the creation and publication of content to social media and future platforms. Dalet is a solution that Telefe can continue to grow with over time. It helps us create new forms of revenue and reduces our time to market.” Telefe plans to design and build an integrated media supply chain that encompasses ingest, transcoding and distribution using the Dalet Galaxy five workflow designer tool. The Dalet AmberFin media processing platform seamlessly integrates with Dalet Galaxy Five and drives Telefe’s QC workflows. Production and publishing of all program content to applications such as Mi Telefe (My Telefe) and Telefe Noticias (Telefe News) as well as YouTube, Facebook and other classic social media platforms will be much more efficient in Dalet Galaxy five. “Telefe already represents one of Dalet’s largest installations in South America and our partnership is further strengthening with this next technology leap,” explains Julien Decaix, general manager Dalet Americas. “It is Dalet’s proven ability to connect production, post-production, and archives combined with the ease of content publishing to outlets like YouTube and emerging consumer platforms that first attracted Telefe. The flexibility of Dalet Galaxy five further allows them to smoothly integrate and manage the different video formats used by Viacom together with those of Telefe. The initial Dalet investment continues to give them complete interoperability five years later while enabling them to orchestrate new workflows introduced by outside operations with ease. This is a tremendous return on investment.” 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.
JKN Global Media PCL Thailand Invests in Dalet For Media Management Transformation
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations and content professionals, announced today that JKN Global Media PCL Thailand (JKN) has invested in the Dalet Galaxy five Media Asset Management (MAM) and Workflow Orchestration platform to optimize content production and delivery across traditional, OTT and social media distribution outlets. The installation enables a comprehensive workflow transformation, taking the Thai-based media organization from manually managing assets to automated processes that optimize production and delivery efficiencies across the entire media operation. Headquartered in Nakhon Pathom, JKN Global Media, together with its subsidiaries, is a leading content distributor and licensing management business in Thailand. It is involved in the distribution of movies, TV series and documentaries for digital TV, cable satellite, home entertainment and OTT platforms. In addition to importing content from all over the world, JKN also produces original Thai-centric programming content for Discovery, History Channel and National Geographic. A large volume of JKN’s business is in the distribution of foreign language content to broadcasters, repackaging and dubbing this content into multiple languages in-house. It also plays out content to traditional and social platforms. With legacy workflows based on files and folders manually managed and exchanged from one group to the next, there was no integration, processes were time-consuming, and assets were left unenriched. “JKN Global Media had the core goal to increase overall productivity, in terms of content, and boost distribution efficiency by adopting facility-wide migration policies, automated transcoding, and expansive metadata tagging and tracking,” states Cesar Camacho, general manager, Dalet Asia Pacific. “With Dalet, they have succeeded in doing this. They now have a platform, with which they can better serve content to viewers on any platform and evolve their business in reselling content. The agility of Dalet Galaxy five allows JKN to expand its capabilities without implementing an entirely new system. For example, they can easily add orchestration to take advantage of emerging technologies such as AI.” With the goal of becoming more systemic and detail-accurate with regards to content management, JKN invested in Dalet Galaxy five. Moving from a legacy infrastructure that was characterized by pockets of content and asset management siloed across the facility, JKN has unified all of its systems and content repositories under one single platform with the flexibility to scale as business requires. Dalet Galaxy five provides browser-based access to content and assigns migration policies so content flows through a consistent process. All assets are centralized and detailed metadata tracking allows JKN to optimize the content use. Enriched metadata also means that it can pinpoint assets for production and delivery to all distribution outlets with far more efficiency. The full implementation of Dalet Galaxy five at JKN Global Media includes: Dalet Webspace for browser-based search and retrieval; Dalet AmberFin for orchestrated, high-quality transcoding; and Dalet Xtend for seamless workflow collaboration between Dalet Galaxy five, Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid ProTools. There are further integrations with Aspera for accelerated file transfer and Vidchecker for QC. The Dalet platform integrates fluently with JKN’s business management and content management systems, with the organization’s playout system, and with all major social media platforms for frictionless online publishing. Camacho adds, “Dalet’s entry into the Thai market comes hot on the heels of several key APAC customer expansions including ABS-CBN’s addition of Dalet at its Cebu news site in the Philippines and the enterprise rollout of the Dalet media asset management and workflow platform at Australia's Special Broadcasting Service. These diverse and large-scale implementations are a testament to Dalet’s ability to support broadcast networks transformation to faster, agile multiplatform content supply chains.” About JKN Global Media PLC JKN Global Media PLC is a successful company in content management and content distribution business in Thailand. Last year on November 30th, 2017, JKN Global Media launched its first IPO at the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) among their business partners, broadcasters, investors and their Fan Clubs. Its headquarter is located at JKN Gallery Salaya, Nakhon Pathom province, which is a 30-minute drive from Bangkok. JKN Global Media, together with its subsidiaries, is a number one global content distributor and content management in Thailand. It is involved in the distribution of movies, series and documentaries to the local TV channels in all seven platforms; those are digital TV, Cable Satellite, Home Entertainment, Merchandise, Publishing, Over the Top (OTT) and Ancillary. JKN also produces original documentaries related to honorary HM, the King and Queen of Thailand to people around the world. 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.
Embracing the Future of Media & Entertainment
As the way we consume content changes dramatically, broadcasters and media organizations need to constantly adapt their programming and processes with an ever-shorter time to market to follow the frenzied proliferation of new formats and versions, serving multiple distribution outlets - from theatrical releases, broadcast, social media to VOD and OTT. In a recent report dedicated to the future of media and entertainment published by The Times, Dalet provides a view of the industry as it stands today as well as related predictions that shows an increase of the gap between traditional and new media content creation, distribution and consumption. Versatile audiences and fast evolving habits Viewers now have more control than ever before on the content they consume, the device they use, where and when they wish. In support of this claim, the report Future of Media and Entertainment includes the results of a consumption study held by Cisco where we learn that in 2017, 50% of adults aged 22 to 45 didn’t watch any broadcast or cable TV. In the same report, IHS Markit predicted subscriptions to over-the-top (OTT) will reach as high as 650m subscribers by 2021 - up from 401m in 2017 and 290m in 2016. Media organizations are in vital need of a significant gain of agility and productivity to follow and adapt to new trends. It is now crucial to be able to distribute high quality content globally on multiple devices, in different languages, with subtitles, audio descriptions, control features and edited sequences to fit with the very culture and preferences of the distribution territories. Challenging the status quo Taking a closer look, it is clear that traditional sectors such as print, TV and radio are expected to lose ground over the coming years, as digital video, online gaming and internet-based advertising become the indisputable leaders of the media and entertainment industry. Cards are reshuffled and many new players have joined the game! Change is no longer an option, it is a must. To survive, media organizations must build a flexible content supply chain designed for audience-first, multi-platform distribution. At Dalet, we have a deep understanding of the current situation and the need for continuous adaptation. We are focused on helping enterprises create higher value with their media assets and constantly innovate in collaboration with a large community of customers, small to large, to provide them with the platform they need to become ever more agile, more data-driven, more efficient and more effective. · Download the report Future of Media and Entertainment Want to go further? · Learn more about Dalet Galaxy five · Contact us and plan a demo