Discover BCE’s online video solutions for both live and on-demand high-quality content serving customers such as TV and radio broadcasters, brands, event organizers and sport and cultural events.
Live streaming massive events such as Tomorrowland and the fashion weeks, BCE has acquired a leading position on the market with a solid player, multiple features and global delivery.
Thanks to BCE’s Online Video Platform (OVP) and services, the customer can create video platforms (VoD, Replay, PayTV, etc.), manage and distribute its content, monitor and analyze its audience.
Produce and broadcast with StudioTalk
StudioTalk is an all-in-one solution to produce shows, manage content, add special effects, control sets and broadcast your programs on any existing platform. Experience live production and 360° distribution through an easy touch interface and powerful system.
Thanks to an intuitive Graphic User Interface and a touchscreen, the customers are able to control cameras, feeds and studio sets.
An automated mode can let StudioTalk work on its own to ensure seamless production and broadcast.
An advanced Content Management System is built-in and can easily be connected to your workflow.
Encrypt the content with BCE DRM.
Itstored, BCE’s cloud backup and storage solution
With S3 (Simple Storage Service) protocol being a worldwide standard, BCE ensures the protection of the files as well as its immediate availability as itstored is directly connected to the customer workflow.
The customer can perform unlimited actions on your content with a single, flat rate
Thanks to BCE’s bandwidth, The customer can access your content at any time
With more than 22 PB, the customer can backup all its content
The content can be stored on two redundant datacenters
Discover as well BCE’s recent system integration projects for Groupe M6, BNJ, RTS and Antenne Reunion, the remastering of Baywatch for Fremantle, BCE’s DRM services and our 4K Broadcast services of Altice and Luxe.tv.
The Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) is a public service audiovisual company, owned by the media group SSR (Swiss Broadcasting and Television Corporation), which offers programmes on four radio channels, two TV channels and numerous digital platforms.
“The RTS project uses all the strengths of StudioTalk, whether in production, channel branding, monitoring or distribution. Working hand in hand, we were able to make our solution evolve to meet their needs,” comments Olivier Waty, Workflows and Media Solutions Director at BCE.
StudioTalk, a solution developed by Broadcasting Centre Europe (BCE), is a complete solution for live and non-live video production with the management of the editorial content of the shows, the channel branding and the sets as well as the broadcasting of the programmes on any platform.
“We needed to take a new step with “Forum”, and we were looking for a solution that could offer us all the tools we needed to make television from the same interface. StudioTalk was the answer.” Explains Stéphan Mahrer, Responsable mise en image des productions radio at RTS.
In order to enrich the user experience on the Internet and on social networks, it was important for RTS to shoot its most important radio programmes, namely “La matinale” and “Forum”. Using StudioTalk, RTS creates real talkshows, broadcast these on their website, on social networks and especially on television.
“For StudioTalk users, it’s very easy to find all the tools they need to do their production, whether it’s Picture in Picture, enrichment or the management of the screens on the set. The user also has the option to switch to the automatic production mode to perform another task during a broadcast and then regain control in due course,” adds Stéphan Mahrer.
More than an advanced production solution, StudioTalk also allows the RTS to monitor its equipment via a real-time monitoring interface of all the elements of their workflow.
“In StudioTalk, we have access to a technical supervision that usually appears on more expensive systems. This allows us to have an overview of the services and monitor the operations. This will allow a person to perform complex support tasks even for a Level 1 intervention support, restarting one or another system to ensure its availability during live production.” Explains Philippe Staehlin, Chef Secteur Systèmes Broadcast at RTS.
BCE has also supported the RTS teams in the integration of their new studio. The solution has been customized to meet the customer’s expectations. Working hand in hand, RTS and BCE made the solution evolve and to allow any employee, with a technical background or not, to use the solution easily.
“In this project, what was really important for us was the relationship with BCE, we found a real partner with whom we made our show and our tool evolve at the same time.” Concludes Stéphan Mahrer.
Flashback on the first IP-based broadcast centre with state-of-the-art platforms and numerous innovative production and distribution applications to answer the needs of today and tomorrow media players.
The 36,000 square meter IP-based facility supports 24/7 broadcasting of more than 35 channels, among those RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Chamber TV, Luxe.TV (Luxembourg), RTL TVI, Club RTL, Plug TV (Belgium), RTL4, RTL5, RTL7, RTL8, RTL Z, RTL Crime, RTL Telekids, RTL Lounge (Netherlands), RTL9 and AB Groupe movie channels and Altice Group channels (France), RTL Hungary (Hungary) and Love Nature, Love Nature 4K, Blue Ant Extreme, Blue Ant Entertainment (Singapore).
The broadcast centre was three years in the making and features an end-to-end IP infrastructure and well-conceived data IT network that manage mostly HD (and some 4K) content and channels.
“IP-based platforms allow us to rapidly setup new channels,” comments Costas Colombus, Technology Projects & Support Director at BCE. “Whereas it is for continuous or ephemeral channels, we are able to give a fast answer and start broadcasting the content worldwide.”
The new broadcast centre is located in in the centre of Europe. All the radio and television production facilities and playout centre operations employ the latest IP-enabled equipment from technology suppliers like Arista, Grass Valley (GV), Isilon, Juniper, Lawo, Harmonic.
Advanced research and systems integration
All of the equipment and systems were installed and tested by BCE. When plotting out goals for the new building, BCE engineers wanted the new infrastructure to be both future-proof and able to adapt to new workflow challenges as needed.
When it first began to consider replacing its traditional SDI systems in 2014, the available IP technology wasn’t suitable for real-world deployments or mission-critical broadcast use, and most solutions were proprietary. The process resumed in 2015 with six months of intensive interoperable testing. For BCE it was critical that the IP solution had the same quality of service and reliability achieved in the SDI world, but with an increased level of scalability, stability, propagation delays and synchronization.
Working with engineers at The Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT) research centre, BCE began looking at the SMPTE 2022-6 IP spec as a way to connect all of the disparate systems and have them communicate as a fully networked system. This would streamline the production of content and get it to the right TV, radio, and web platform for its own purposes, as well as support the numerous playout and other services it provides for major U.S. content distributors like CBS, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers Television and others.
Laurent Seve, Marketing Manager at BCE, said that when their team began researching different ways of implementing IP technology, they recognized that what was needed was a facility that was significantly different to what had been done in the past.
“The new facility is flexible enough to handle all types of content creation and distribution projects,” Laurent Seve said. “The collaboration between the IT and broadcast teams led to new types of workflow methods and allowed to get the most out of the systems.”
Technology provider Grass Valley was brought in to help test a series of IP workflows. Fiber-optic cabling, which is bandwidth-friendly, supports the various systems and connects all floors of BCE. There’s also lot of Cat6 cable installed throughout the building for things like data networks, online access and a variety of control (KVM) functions.
“The IP-technology allowed the move to a fiber-based cabling infrastructure,” said Alain Prim, Technology Projects Manager at BCE. “All the areas of the building are connected through a reduced amount of cables which are able to transport a far higher number of services. The multiple changes in media services are now easier to manage without the need of modifications in the basic cable or hardware structure.”
Indeed, BCE is now responsible for the playout of over 35 regional and international channels, from its Luxembourg Network Operations Centre (NOC). This NOC also manages transmission sites, located on remote sites in Luxembourg and Germany. Online and available 24/7, the NOC team ensures the continuity of BCE’s and its customers activities by answering all queries and taking targeted actions.
Thanks to the IP solution implemented, the NOC can fully operate, and control BCE’s Teleport located miles away. All the antennas, uplinks and downlinks, receivers, etc. are remote controlled over IP by the NOC.
The core of the production activities features a 1,000 sqm datacentre with one-megawatt capacity and 366 floor-to-ceiling equipment racks that store and distribute the content (and metadata) internally and outside the building. In-row water-cooled airflows keep the systems at optimal temperatures.
“Numerous customers selected our datacentre for its flexibility, its advanced infrastructure and the access to numerous services,” comments Xavier Boschian IS&T Director at BCE. “As a result, we have already built a second datacentre and are looking to extend the platform to welcome more customers.”
System and content security
Securing the operations of its customers is BCE’s priority, the new IP workflow of RTL City facilitates connections setup to remote sites for disaster recovery (DR) platforms.
Data is handled with the utmost care and stored in BCE’s storage facility. Whereas it is administrative, financial or media content such as videos and audio, BCE holds several solutions including a 20 Petabytes nearline Digital Library, online and offline solutions as well as S3 cloud backup and storage (through its flagship solution: itstored).
There are also three diesel generators for backup power, with UPS technology everywhere for system resilience. In fact, every piece of equipment is connected to two independent electrical power supply paths—with intelligent sensing and monitoring that will automatically connect the device to a third backup supply if two live and active electrical supplies are not detected.
Linked via dark fibre to BCE’s headquarters, the DR site features emergency workstations, playout platforms for the premium channels, a digital library with several Petabytes and a datacentre.
Flexible production and remote control
Due to its IP backbone, several production studios can share control rooms if necessary, with one control room controlling various productions at once. There are also several audio mixing rooms, and advanced lighting grids in the production stages.
About 30 post-production suites support a number of radio and TV channels as well as other outside client needs. These are based around GV edit stations with networked Isilon storage.
All the radio studios have voice-activated broadcast cameras in them so that when a particular on-air talent is talking, the appropriate camera goes live. The system has proved to be very flexible for full spec broadcasting on a main channel as well as generating a web stream.
“We have always anticipated the merge between IT and Broadcast technologies and decided to stop talking about new solutions and change the complete workflow of our activities to IP,” said Andreas Fleuter, Technical Infrastructure & SLA Director at BCE.
IP backbone makes the difference
While the internal network can be expanded as needed, the initial deployment is based around the VSF TR-03 protocol for distributing video over IP, using SMPTE ST 2022-6/7 and AES67 redundant IP streams. This includes multi-level routing support of the VSF TR-03 protocol for audio breakaways.
The building’s architecture supports 10Gbe, 25Gbe and 40GbE connectivity. GV provided an end-to-end IP routing system to meet this, complete with full SMPTE ST 2022-7 redundant hitless operation and seamless recovery from interruption to one IP link. GV also supplied a massive routing matrix that can handle 1036×1584 2022-6 video flows and 1180×1728 AES67 (each x8 AES3) audio flows.
Other GV IP technology in use includes its Kahuna IP production switchers, IQ-Edge IP processing systems, IP routing control systems and multiviewers. These are fully networked to a Lawo Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) control layer that manages all of the IP signals and tells the routers where (and when) to send them. There’s also a GV monitoring system that collects data from the IP sub-system, along with a direct interface to a Skyline Communications DataMiner network management and monitoring layer.
Evolution and Revolution
With the new IP infrastructure in place, any room or machine in the building can be accessed and used by any other with just a few router settings. In addition, operators at RTL City can now launch a new channel in a few days, as opposed to the 4-5 months it took previously.
“Technology and innovation are in BCE’s roots,” comments Tun Van Rijswijck, COO at BCE. “This all-IP infrastructure was meant to break the barriers and open to new linear and non-linear developments. Our recent acquisitions and innovations strengthen our conviction that we are on the right track.”
As a matter of fact, since the opening of RTL City, several channels selected BCE as their technological partner: Altice launched a multiplayout control room broadcasting numerous channels over Europe including a Live sport channel in 4K over IP and Blue Ant Media (BAM) launched Love Nature in HD and 4K in multiple languages.
With the acquisition of Freecaster, BCE enriched its portfolio with new hybrid solutions directly connected to the Cloud. Freecaster’s platform was perfectly integrated in BCE’s IP workflow, granting access to live streaming solutions, reaching new horizons with social network but also delivering OTT solutions, VoD portals, replay platforms and more.
“Freecaster is a strong asset for BCE, on one hand it answers our customers’ expectations for new OTT solutions and extension of our content delivery network and on the other hand it opens new markets like sports, institutional, music and fashion related customers.” Adds Tun Van Rijswijck.
On the production side, BCE created a new solution (StudioTalk) facilitating the launch of new programs. StudioTalk is geared up with PTZ cameras, microphones, digital branding and a touchscreen interface to manage the content, the production and the delivery. The solution gives an affordable alternative to cover events that were not financially viable before.
The results are clear, radio goes visual, television shows production is easier, events are covered anywhere, ephemeral studios are installed everywhere… BCE is steering the market to video and screen multiplication.
“Innovation has always paved the way of BCE activities. The all-IP infrastructure leaded our company to hybrid and cloud while increasing the distribution of media content on a global scale. The acquisition of Freecaster and its integration in our workflow was a significant move to the non-linear market. Tomorrow, the engineering of new solutions will enhance the development of BCE in the digital media world.” Concludes Frederic Lemaire, CEO at BCE.
Broadcasting three radio programmes for the counties of Neuchâtel, the Jura and the Bernese Jura in Switzerland, BNJ FM focuses on proximity information, concerns and interests of the population of the Swiss Jura ARC. The general-interest, pop-rock music radio reception is done via FM, DAB +, web and via mobile applications.
StudioTalk will enable the radio to get a complete video production infrastructure within its actual studios, ensure the live production of the daily shows and distribute the streams to the radio website as well as its social networks.
StudioTalk is BCE’s all-in-one solution to produce shows, manage content, add special effects, control sets and broadcast programs. Thanks to an intuitive Graphic User Interface, a touchscreen and a dedicated remote, the customer can control the cameras, the feeds and the studio sets. It embarks a content management system as well and on the fly transcoding for immediate delivery to the viewers.
“Watching radio is the next move for the media market. StudioTalk provides BNJ FM with solutions which match their radio know-how while delivering broadcast quality programs” explains Olivier Waty, Technology & Project Director at BCE.
Provider of extended streaming services to key customers such as Tomorrowland, MXGP, Tag Heuer, LVMH, RTBF to name but a few, Freecaster’s streaming solution can be customised to meet the needs of the most demanding and most creative customer. Recent deployments included players with multiple video or multi camera feeds in one player all in adaptive streaming.
“In July we managed the live streaming coverage of Tomorrowland, the world’s largest electronic music festival. Our platform can deliver video worldwide to the largest audiences including in China and our player providing multiple video feeds offered a more interactive user experience” explains Raymond Dulieu CEO Freecaster.
This technology was recently combined to BCE’s expertise, platform and network at the recent Montreux Volleyball Master (MVM). During the 6 days of the event, BCE and Freecaster teamed up to produce and stream live interviews from BCE’s StudioTalk platform.
The flexibility and portability of BCE’s StudioTalk was used to set-up a fully automated multi camera interview studio. Freecaster’s streaming platform was used to publish the StudioTalk feeds to MVM website and social network accounts. The feeds were also recorded for VoD purposes.
BCE created the channel branding for the event, perfectly integrated within StudioTalk, the team was able to trigger the different secondary events with the synchronized graphics and effects.
“BCE and Freecaster worked hand in hand to deliver outstanding services. The team was always available and ensured the best results for Montreux Volley Masters. We were impressed by the quality of the productions and the seamless streaming quality for our viewers” comments Maria Möller, Media & Marketing Manager at Montreux Volley Masters.
Freecaster will be present at the IBC2018 on BCE’s stand 7.C37 in hall 7.
In 2017, BCE has moved in its new premises, switching its complete workflow to IP, thanks to our combined media and IT expertise and with strong technology partners.
This milestone in BCE history leads to key developments.
This year at the IBC, BCE will present its broadcast centre which answers all your needs for TV channels playout, but also for ad-hoc broadcasting. BCE will present as well StudioTalk, a complete mobile production and distribution system for visual radio, TV channels and event coverage.
Discover our new TV Traffic Solutions, tailor-made to your workflow with customisable features, including OTT integration. IT being predominant in media workflows, BCE has developed its IT managed services to fit to all your needs, on-site or remotely.
Broadcast to the world
This year at the IBC, BCE will focus on its broadcast services over IP. With multiple playout and preparation services, BCE can answer all your needs in channels playout.
With this flexibility and BCE’s worldwide connectivity, including redundant links in France, Luxembourg, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and United Kingdom, BCE is able to broadcast programs from and to anywhere in the world.
The solution integrates full HD playout, advanced graphics, redundant video server, subtitles and can even manage local advertising to target the different regions where your channels are broadcast.
Working in a file-based environment, our engineers can manage up to 10 channels from one single control room, offering all day management services.
A cost-effective, flexible and scalable playout solution: it offers professional services, can be configured easily in BCE premises, in yours or even on a remote location.
BCE’s Virtual TV is a cloud-based platform dealing with metadata management, file enrichment, transcoding tasks, video editing and archiving.
Your Gateway to Europe
Multiple broadcast and post production services
Easy Licence Access
Located in the heart of Europe: 1 market, 28 countries
BCE will also introduce StudioTalk, perfect for visual radio, TV channels or event coverage, it is the all-in-one solution to produce shows, manage content, add special effects, control sets and broadcast your programs on any existing platform.
TV Traffic Software
Discover our TV Traffic software available in self-service, allowing programs, rights, costs and materials information management as well as the creation of weekly schedules and daily broadcast playlists, thus increasing the efficiency of all the processes.
Program library: A multifunctional tool to manage your catalogue and your linear and non-linear rights such as Multichannel, Rights and Media.
Long term planning: An intuitive and ergonomic planning tool, suitable to your programming strategy, based on catalogue of programs, audience management, Broadcast history, program cost and program grid.
Running order: Fully customizable software to manage your running orders and your playlists and integrate adverts, promos, extra schedules, video clip and AsRuns Log. Broadcast data Processing allows reporting (mediamétrie,GFK,CSA), author rights management (SABAM, SACEM, BUMA) and integrated data warehouse.
Discover BCE Managed Services, the perfect way to forget about ICT complexity. With over 30 years of experience managing ICT systems and operations for media companies, BCE understands your workflows and needs and can therefore deliver tailor-made services respecting your business targets and your budget.
Learn more about BCE presentations at the IBC and plan a meeting with their team on their dedicated event page: http://www.bce.lu/ibc-2018/
ThinkSport, the first network that brings together the variety of sports-related expertise and excellence in order to facilitate new partnerships, knowledge sharing, creative thinking and innovative projects, has selected BCE, the European leader in media services, system integration and software development in the areas of television, radio, production and postproduction, telecommunication and IT, for the coverage of THE SPOT with the SaaS (Solution as a Service) StudioTalk.
Anna Hellman, Director of ThinkSport said: “We were looking for a solution to record interviews with our delegates, speakers and partners in an easy, but professional way. StudioTalk is the perfect solution with a user-friendly platform and an intuitive interface.”
StudioTalk is an all-in-one production solution from BCE. It can be used in a variety of configurations, such as visual radio (recently installed at RTL Radio and FunRadio in France), shows, production and event coverage. Much more than a production platform, the solution manages the branding and sets of the studio, but also the distribution to multiple screens for both linear and non-linear TV.
“Thanks to the auto-production mode, we will be able to have broadcast quality interviews in a ready-to-stream format. We will post our videos on our website and in other channels”, explains Anna Hellman.
The solution will be deployed at the SwissTech Convention Center on a dedicated space with multiple angle cameras. The ThinkSport team was in direct contact with BCE in order to create the sets templates which will appear on the branding screens of the ephemeral studio.
While ThinkSport will be able to manage the complete solution thanks to an intuitive user interface, BCE will provide technical support during the complete event in order to ensure the best use of the solution and enhance ThinkSport communications during the event.
“We are glad to support THE SPOT with our solution StudioTalk. Thanks to its portability and easy setup, the solution can be swiftly configured and ready to produce and broadcast content” explains Olivier Waty, Technology and Projects Director at BCE.
THE SPOT will take place at the Swisstech Convention Center in Lausanne (Switzerland) on the 15 and 16 May 2018. While BCE will cover the event with StudioTalk, BCE will also present its recent projects in digitisation, archiving, distribution, monetization and live over IP for the sports industry.