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NABbing the Best Ideas from NAB

May 2, 2018
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Relaxing in the not-too-comfortable departure lounge at Las Vegas International Airport on my way home from NABSHOW 2018, my mind drifted back 25 years to my first NAB and I began to contemplate the numerous changes which the broadcasting industry had experienced during this quarter of a century. Unlike the lounge, which still retains its original sparse atmosphere, and is slightly poorer these days having lost the excitement of the pumping and tinkling of the jackpot coin payouts from the fruit machines, the broadcast industry has experienced massive changes in both technological and financial considerations.
Back in the old days, the industry was privileged to enjoy good margins on their exclusive, tailor-made, proprietary gizmos giving rise to extravagant trade shows, boundless hospitality and entertainment and a guaranteed bottom line surplus to keep the shareholders satisfied. The generosity did not end there but was even reflected in the free-of-charge service arrangements which accompanied the afore-mentioned gizmos. A number of famous global suppliers actually pampered their clients to such a degree that when service charges for support started to become a standard part of the supply package, much to their surprise, their clients tended to vote with their feet in order to seek continued free support elsewhere.

Wake up from the dreams

As we wake up from the dreams of these good old days, we see a more business-like approach within the broadcast industry driven by the hard reality of the need to make dependable profits and undertake continual R&D. Technological demand is also continually shifting in line with these changes as broadcasters themselves also have to face these hard realities. I spent most of my time at NAB on the Provys stand and I attended many of the client meetings. I was continually impressed by the consistency of the requirements put forward by broadcasters visiting the stand, in particular, the need for greater automation and improved efficiency. This exactly dovetails with the comments of Lorenzo Zanni, Lead Analyst with IABM, in their recent industry forecasts. In a nutshell, broadcasters simply need to do more with less.During the show, Provys were presenting three lectures daily titled: “Be on the ball - operating a sports channel from production up to transmission”; “Playlist in 5 minutes - automate the scheduling of your channels” and “Content first - optimise multichannel use, linear and especially nonlinear!”, topics which exactly reflected IABM’s forecasts and visiting clients’ expressed requirements. “Be on the ball” covered the management of sports broadcasting and how to plan live matches, particularly the scheduling of resources, together with the scheduling of live broadcasting of these events. The presentation, “Playlist in 5 minutes”, showed how easy it would be to use an advanced broadcast management system instead of the current manual, time-consuming and often very boring methods. The “Content first” lecture demonstrated how to keep pace with the changes in this era of constantly evolving markets. Sabina Svidova, Business Analyst at Provys, one of the presenters, explained:

““We wanted to highlight real life experiences from the field in our presentations. For example, a case study based on Norway TV 2 showed how they successfully monetise their content across channels and paid platforms. Another case study showed our experience of the demanding management at BT Sport.””
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Sabina Svidova, PROVYS

In the time that I have been attending, NAB has come a long way from the early relaxed days when cell phones and credit cards were scarce executive toys. Today’s visitor is professionally focused on finding the best, state-of-the-art solutions among the myriad stands and not always totally reliable exhibitors. And to this Sabina adds: “Offering the best solutions to the industry, with the highest levels of efficiency and ongoing support, yet with a human face, is, and always has been our principal objective”.

Martin Junek

Chart Your Future with PROVYS Scheduling

Las Vegas, April 9, 2018
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As every ship’s captain recognises, it is very important to know exactly where we are heading, together with how, when and at what cost. Successful navigation depends upon having our voyage fully charted or scheduled as we say in the broadcasting industry. It goes without saying that good charts help the captain to avoid icebergs, and good and efficient scheduling ensures maximum viewer share and profitability for broadcasters.

The big question is, therefore, how do we get this efficiency into our multi-channel, 24/7 operations? As you will see from the heading, we are prompted toward the most sophisticated software solution which has been designed over many years to consolidate the best broadcasting practices from around the world. This solution can create complex, precise and time-code accurate broadcasting schedules within minutes and we will now explain the magic behind this apparently immodest claim.

The first point, in order to take advantage of the automation power inherent within the solution, is that operators can define rules for standard and repetitive tasks thereby removing the need for manual involvement in a great number of operations. Time slots, including break patterns, can be filled instantly and automatically without the risk of error which is unavoidable in human operations. For example, hand on heart, how many times have we seen promos for events that have already happened?

The second point, which is financially critical, is the import of pre-sold advertisements into the schedule including all the necessary adjustments required to accommodate difficult demands from advertisers whilst still adhering to time-code precise schedules. Again, most of this can be automatic according to pre-defined rules. This is very easy when using the in-built ad sales module, but also quite simple for third-party ad sales systems as interfaces are regularly created.

The next point

The next major point is secondary graphics, a popular, valuable and continually developing tool to lock in the viewers’ attention. Most common amongst these are logos, text announcements, commercial graphics, and simple messages such as: “you are watching…”, “coming next”, “stay with us for…”. An unlimited number of such graphics can be scheduled automatically and risk-free according to any pre-defined rules.

As Wendy Vytiskova, Pre-sales Consultant at Provys says: “One of the most valuable tools which we have recently created within the heart of our system is the Promo-Auto-Booking facility which automatically ensures that any available capacity, any single frame in fact, within the schedule is efficiently allocated for self-promotion, even on a cross-channel basis. The magic behind this trick is that the system utilises GRP (Gross Rating Point) forecasts to ensure that any particular self-promotion is seen by the required targeted viewers. This maximises the efficiency and effectiveness of self-promotion activities.”
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Wendy Vytiskova, PROVYS

Furthermore, this advanced scheduling module naturally allows the planning of non-linear content presentation using the common metadata. As an example of this, TV 2 Norway have exploited this functionality to massively increase their audience share which obviously has a positive impact on their revenues.

Finally, the cost aspects of this solution are very reasonable due to the fact that licences are not limited to any number of channels but can be utilised for expansion without additional cost. Additionally, different budget versions for different schedules can be easily created, compared and selected in order to minimise costs.In conclusion, the automation and error-free facilities within the Provys scheduling module allow broadcasters, public, private, large or small, to free valuable time for their professional staff to concentrate on new and interesting areas of responsibility including expansion.

NABSHOW 2018

Not to be missed at NAB 2018

Las Vegas, April 6, 2018
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TV Executives! Not to be missed at NAB 2018: N4124
This year, at the NABSHOW Broadcast Engineering and IT Conference, Harald Hovdevik and Kjell Ove Skarsbo from TV 2 Norway will present how their Greenfield Playout Programme revolutionises content handling. The presentation will be held on April 7th, 2018, at 3:20 p.m., room N260-A. From Monday on, at the exhibition booth N4124, 3 p.m. every afternoon, Sabina Svidova, Provys, will demonstrate how TV 2 successfully monetises their content.The Provys solution allows TV companies to plan their programme offerings in one integrated software system. It can be used throughout the entire broadcasting process, from booking some production equipment, or ordering a new blockbuster movie, until the finished product goes on air. The architect and system integrator of the Provys solution for TV 2 is Mediability (a highly regarded international provider of products, solutions and support for the broadcast and media industries) who have been central in creating this new chapter of Nordic broadcasting history.

NAB 2018

Visit Our Booth N4124 at NABSHOW: 9 - 12 Apr 2018

March 8, 2018
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The latest developments of our unique integrated software solutions for media will be on show from April 9th at PROVYS Stand N4124 at NAB in the Las Vegas Convention Centre. PROVYS is an ideal solution for broadcasters who schedule and deliver programmes for one or more TV or radio channels. PROVYS optimises station workflows, improves management efficiency and facilitates information sharing among producers, channel managers, schedulers, media managers, air-time sellers, VOD publishers, and all their teams.

PROVYS is renowned for its high stability compared to other software systems.
PROVYS is designed to serve reliably in a multi-user environment.
PROVYS is trustworthy, inspiring the confidence of both private and nationwide public TV and radio organisations.
PROVYS is the secure central metadata database enjoyed by many media companies.
PROVYS is built on a robust database logic and ensures long-term usability in media management.
PROVYS is the power for television company growth.PROVYS is based on Oracle, one of the most successful IT names in the global media business.

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Invitation

To pre-arrange a demo at a time to suit your convenience, please e-mail us at sales@provys.com or call +420 234 066 149. Come and meet our team at at NAB 2017.
We look forward to welcoming you there.

PF 2018

IBC 2017

Visit PROVYS, Stand #2.B49 at IBC 2017

August 8, 2017  IBC
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September is just around the corner, which means only one thing. All companies prominent in the broadcasting industry are getting ready for the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. PROVYS is no exception, so all the latest from our unique integrated software solutions for media will be on show from September 15, 2017 on the PROVYS stand, #2.B49 at RAI Amsterdam.PROVYS is an ideal solution for broadcasters who schedule and deliver programmes for one or more TV or radio channels. PROVYS optimises station workflows, improves management efficiency and facilitates information sharing among producers, channel managers, schedulers, media managers, air-time sellers, VOD publishers, and all their teams.Our new motto is "Efficiency with a human face", i.e. even though we impose efficiency on broadcasting workflows, we still enjoy being human and we love to see happy customers!To pre-arrange a demo at a time to suit your convenience, please e-mail us at sales@provys.com or call +420 234 066 149. Come and meet our team at the PROVYS stand #2.B49.

“We look forward to welcoming you there!”
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Also, don't forget to join us for a glass of famous Czech beer during our Customer Appreciation Happy Hour, which takes place at our stand on Monday, September 18, from 5pm.

NAB 2017

Come And See PROVYS at NAB 2017

April 2, 2017 NABSHOW
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The latest developments of our unique integrated software solutions for media will be on show from April 24th at PROVYS Stand N5316 at NAB in the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

Why it is worth visiting PROVYS Booth

We shall be delighted to share with you our latest experience with our ongoing projects and show you why PROVYS has set the Gold Standard in broadcast management. What makes PROVYS the Gold Standard ?

“We look forward to welcoming you there.”
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PROVYS Booth at NABSHOW

PROVYS is renowned for its high stability compared to other software systems.
PROVYS is designed to serve reliably in a multi-user environment.
PROVYS is trustworthy , inspiring the confidence of both private and nationwide public TV and radio organisations.
PROVYS is the secure central metadata database enjoyed by many media companies.
PROVYS is built on a robust database logic and ensures long-term usability in media management.
PROVYS is the power for television company growth.
PROVYS is based on Oracle, one of the most successful IT names in the global media business.

To pre-arrange a demo at a time to suit your convenience, please e-mail us at sales@provys.com or call +420 234 066 149.

  • Come and meet our team at the PROVYS Gold Stand(ard) #N5316 at NAB 2017.

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