RFO Extends Netia Installation to Enhance Management, Archiving, and Distribution of Audio and Video

CLARET, France — Sept. 28, 2009 — NETIA today announced that Réseau France Outre-mer (French Overseas Network or RFO), a subsidiary of the Group France Television, is installing the company’s Manreoâ„¢ media asset management (MAM) solution to simplify file and archive management of content at the broadcaster’s Paris headquarters and nine regional production centers. Manreo is being integrated with RFO’s acquisition, production, automation, and storage applications to store and enrich audio, video, and still images and subsequently facilitate the publishing of content through various delivery platforms.

“We have a strong and longstanding relationship with NETIA, having successfully deployed the company’s Radio-Assistâ„¢ across our operations,” said Christian Augereau, technical director at RFO. “As we look to leverage our media assets more effectively and fully across our broadcast channels and newer distribution outlets, Manreo provides an intelligent solution that engages well with our existing systems. Only NETIA was able to propose a two-tier plan that we could implement — first to enrich and archive digital content and then publish it from the same application and interface.”

One of the most advanced television and radio networks in the world, RFO distributes 17 television channels from its head office in Paris to French-speaking territories located tens of thousands of kilometers from one another. The broadcaster’s regional production facilities are connected by satellite and ADSL around the clock, thus supporting the exchange of programs and news (both radio and TV) in real time.

RFO already has equipped its radio stations with NETIA’s Radio-Assist digital audio software. Now, with the integration of Manreo, RFO will gain increased productivity in the management and use of rich audio and video, which can then be easily repurposed and published to multiple platforms including mobiles devices, IPTV, and Web portals.

Manreo is being installed across RFO in two phases. The first phase will address file management and archiving, while the second phase will address publishing of media. During the first stage, the software will ingest high-resolution content, generate low-resolution proxies for indexing, leverage its integrated speech-to-text capability to turn dialog into searchable text, and enable browsing of content and access to high-resolution files for editing with the Avid® and Apple® edit systems at seven different RFO sites.

In the second phase of installation, Manreo will be extended to publish media through its Hypercast Warehouse tool, which can be used to manage audio, video, or images in all file formats (MXF, XDCAM, mpeg 4, mpeg 2, wmv, etc.). Built-in monitoring tools will provide operators with current updates as to the status of asset restoration, transcoding of specific media to the appropriate format, and publishing of content to the target platform.

More information about NETIA and its products is available at www.netia.com.

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About RFO
Réseau France Outre-mer (RFO) is a subsidiary of the Group France Television and is a unique network with 17 television channels, nine radio stations, and 10 production centers across nine French-speaking territories with destinations across the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Indian Ocean including Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis & Futuna. RFO also produces France Ô and the Internet site rfo.fr, and offers an international news agency called AITV.

About NETIA
NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions for managing and broadcasting television and radio content, and is a major player in the digital broadcast arena. The company’s three product ranges, Radio-Assistâ„¢ (audio), Manreoâ„¢ (video), and OpenNet (audio and video), allow content holders to manage all of their processes from ingest to multiplatform broadcasting over terrestrial channels, the Internet, mobile devices, and other channels.

NETIA’s products are found in more than 40 countries worldwide, with 10,000-plus users in more than 200 installations including: The Associated Press, Minnesota Public Radio, WNEM (Meredith Group), WQXR, and WOUB in the United States; ABC and SBS in Australia; BBC Monitoring and BSkyB in the United Kingdom; Italy’s RAI and Radio Vaticana; HRT in Croatia; RTM Malaysia; VOV in Vietnam; Mediacorp in Singapore; RTBF in Belgium, MOI South Africa; Kiss FM in Korea; and RFI, Radio France, TF1, Canal+, and France Televisions in France. The company has its headquarters in Claret, France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Sydney, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners. www.netia.com

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