[Press Release] France Télévisions chooses Videomenthe as one of the providers for its regional channels’ transition to HD DTT
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[Press Release] France Télévisions chooses Videomenthe as one of the providers for its regional channels’ transition to HD DTT

2/21/2017
[Press Release] France Télévisions chooses Videomenthe as one of the providers for its regional channels’ transition to HD DTT

Videomenthe Wins Bid Due to the Flexibility, Reliability and Quality of Service of Harmonic’s File-Based WFS™ Workflow Engine and ProMedia® Transcoders

Following a call for tender, Videomenthe was chosen by the France Télévisions Group to update its file-processing tools for the transition to HD DTT.

The whole of France switched over from DTT to HD DTT overnight between 4 and 5 April 2016, with the aim of updating its TV provision. This involved the generalised introduction of the MPEG4 standard.
In preparation for this major change, France Télévisions issued a call to tender, in late 2015, for the file-processing tools across all of its 23 regional sites to be updated with equipment capable of generating MPEG4-standard media. Videomenthe won this bid by offering the Workflow File System (WFS™), WFS™ file-based workflow engine and controlling ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoders, from the software publisher Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure®.

As a French distributor of Harmonic file-based transcoding solutions, Videomenthe is thus offering a tried and tested, high-performance system. Harmonic’s WFS™ workflow engine is in fact a transcoding solution extensively used extensively by big leading broadcasters worldwide. Using this solution therefore made it possible to guarantee a gradual, reliable, uninterrupted transition for France 3 TV’s regional stations.

So, Videomenthe’s bid was chosen based on the calibre of its technical provision, notably the flexibility of use and scalability of Harmonic’s WFS workflow engine, but and also for the quality of the services provided during its deployment. The Montpellier-based company in fact provides extensive expertise (installation, configuration and training) right across the range of its solutions.

The project was launched in early 2016, with the installation and configuration of pilot workstations by the Videomenthe team. Training was then given to a number of designated people to guarantee a successful transition across all of the regional sites. France Télévisions Project Manager Emmanuel Girouard explains: “It was vital that this change should not affect the autonomy of the regional sites. Videomenthe therefore offered us an appropriate technical solution but also training adapted to the individual methods of operation of these 23 sites.”

Videomenthe founder and CEO Muriel Le Bellac adds: “We are proud of having won this bid, which is a mark of the confidence France Télévisions showed in us to handle this major transition. Furthermore, working hand in hand with France Télévisions and all of those involved in this project has proved to be a very rewarding experience.”

For Videomenthe, this three-year contract reinforces its position as a key operator in the European broadcast market. The French company is thus forging ahead with its development and offering its own media-file processing solutions: the collaborative file exchange platform, VideomentheCloud, and Eolementhe©, the portal for creating media workflows in the cloud.