Octopus Newsroom Computer System Goes Live at ILTV, Nassau

Octopus announces the completion of a multi-seat newsroom computer system at the headquarters of ILTV Studios in Nassau. Supplied by Octopus Newsroom partner Midtown Video in Miami, the new system is designed for simultaneous operation by up to 12 concurrent users working on a mix of computer platforms.

“ILTV was looking to implement a fully featured NRCS as part of a major refurbishment of its production facilities,” says Gene Sudduth, Octopus Newsroom’s National Sales Director for North America. “Key requirements were a solution that could be used easily by staff in the newsroom and which could be purchased on a no-nonsense permanent license model. Octopus scored strongly on both points. We also supplied 10 Octopus iOS/Android Mobile client licenses extending functionality to users away from their desks. Midtown Video did a great job liaising with the ILTV during pre-sales discussions and progressing right through to completion.”

“Octopus provides all the facilities needed in a modern newsroom,” adds Fernando Iglesias, VP or Operations/Sales at Midtown Video. “It is software-based, the core system being housed on user-supplied server hardware. Being modular, Octopus is easy to match to individual users, so they only have to invest in the elements actually critical to their current business model. Future expansion is very easily accommodated.”

“The system we have provided to ILTV includes a PostgreSQL database, a full-text search engine for searching within and outside the Octopus system, plus a built-in Assignment Desk with integrated calendar. Additionally integrated are topic bins, user-to-user messaging, an address book, guest management and versatile script archiving tools.”

“We were also commissioned to provide Social Media Integration including YouTube sourcing and scheduled publishing. Newsroom staff can also follow Twitter users, track trending topics on Twitter, search for Twitter keywords or publish text and images to Twitter. They can also ingest and publish text, still images and video to Facebook.”

The Octopus 8 newsroom computer system at ILTV employs MOS integration with ChyronHego CAMIO powered graphics, Autocue QMaster teleprompting and NewTek Tricaster/NewsMaker. 24/7 premium support for one year forms an important part of the contract, including telephone hotline and online support, updates and upgrades to the latest Octopus versions.

ILTV Studios (http://iltvstudios.com) is a state-of-the-art production studio located in Nassau, The Bahamas. ILTV curates entertaining, informative and engaging TV shows for viewers to enjoy. Viewers can this year look forward to ‘The Stew’ which is a daytime talk TV show, ‘Chef if Up’, where they can take their taste buds on a journey with talented chefs, and The Bahamas’ first game show – called the ‘The Big Bang’.

Midtown Video helps companies implement AV and broadcast solutions by providing custom design, installation, training and maintenance for the life of the system. From TV stations to corporate headquarters, college campuses to sports arenas, Midtown Video has successfully integrated computer-controlled boardroom video teleconferencing, video walls, complete production studios and other professional systems. Long time connections with clients and relationships with world class manufacturers remain MV’s strongest testimonial.

Founded in 1998, Octopus Newsroom is today the world’s leading producer of newsroom computer systems. With more than 50 MOS partners, Octopus advocates an open ecosystem using the MOS protocol which enables operators to choose freely among high-quality providers of graphics, playout, MAM, prompters, traffic-handing and advertising solutions. Octopus Newsroom has successfully installed systems into more than 300 channels around the world. Based on Unicode, Octopus Newsroom products support all major character sets including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.