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ENCO and Octopus to offer integrated newsroom solutions at IBC

Radio and television automation provider ENCO and newsroom computer system (NRCS) specialist, Octopus Newsroom, have partnered to streamline news production and playout workflows for broadcasters worldwide. Leveraging the two companies’ support for the Media Object Server (MOS) protocol, integration between their respective solutions reportedly eliminates disruptive workflow barriers to let journalists focus on creating stories.

The integration will be highlighted at the IBC2018 exhibition, where ENCO will exhibit at stand 8.A59 and Octopus will showcase its solutions in stand 7.A39.

ENCO’s MOS-enabled ActiveX plugin enables journalists and news producers to access ENCO asset libraries directly within the Octopus client interface. Users can search the ENCO library, preview clips, trim media as needed, and bring the results into their stories by dragging and dropping the desired items. Building on the Octopus software’s ability to combine multiple media elements within each story, the integration allows journalists to incorporate library assets including graphics, audio and video into their scripts.

While the integration was initially qualified for radio broadcasters using Octopus Newsroom with ENCO’s DAD audio automation system, the same MOS Gateway interface is used in ENCO’s MOM (Media Operations Manager) television automation platform – thus enabling similar workflow for Octopus-powered TV news organisations.

Commenting on the partnership, Milan Varga, Technology Partners Manager at Octopus Newsroom said: “Working with ENCO to integrate our solutions was a true pleasure. Other integrations we’ve done have often been a bit clunky initially and needed a lot of development refinements, but the integration between ENCO and Octopus worked almost seamlessly right out of the box with only minor configuration adjustments. This shows that ENCO follows the MOS specifications very closely and has kept up to date with advances in the MOS protocol. The result seamlessly bridges news production and playout to make operation easy for journalists.”

Speaking about the strategy ahead, Ken Frommert, President of ENCO said: “We continue to expand our ecosystem of third-party integrations to let customers flexibly choose exactly the right solutions for their needs. Octopus offers a strong NRCS solution and has built a solid international market presence, particularly in Asia and Europe. Our new partnership and integration let existing and future Octopus radio and television clients easily take advantage of the benefits of our full-featured automation solutions.”

ENCO MOM offers television broadcasters, cable operators and streaming media providers a platform for organising, managing and automating critical production and integrated channel playout tasks. Octopus 8.1 is a newsroom computer system designed for use by television, radio, sports and esports broadcasters.