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Radio Television Suisse Selects Escenic as CMS for Websites

by david.nunes

Radio Television Suisse (RTS), www.rts.ch, a business unit within the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR idée Suisse), Switzerland’s public broadcasting organization, has chosen Vizrt’s Escenic Content Engine 5 as the exclusive Content Management System (CMS) for its websites.  Vizrt’s Escenic Content Engine 5 is now being used to manage RTS’ huge and growing media library, including over two million legacy assets residing on a Dalet media asset management system.

RTS offers two main websites, www.tsr.ch and www.rsr.ch, to complement the programming on two of its broadcast stations: Television Suisse Romande (TSR) and Radio Suisse Romande (RSR). TSR and RSR both broadcast programming in French, which along with German, Italian and Romansch comprise the four official languages of Switzerland.

At www.tsr.ch and www.rsr.ch, visitors can find the latest news, live sport streams weather forecasts, and information about RTS’ TV and radio programming.  Both sites offer streaming media on demand as well as interactive features, such as contests and discussion forums.  Media content on the websites is streamed from a playout center hosted at the public broadcaster’s SWISSTXT facility.

“RTS is dedicated to providing high-quality radio and television programming tailored to the needs of Switzerland’s,” said Gilles Marchand, director of Radio Television Suisse. “As the digital revolution transforms broadcasting, RTS is committed to offering in-depth resources for our news, sports, entertainment, educational and cultural programming via our stations’ websites.  In the near future, we plan to broaden the interactive capabilities of these websites to promote even more thriving online broadcast communities. We’re confident Vizrt’s Escenic Content Engine was a good solution for our needs now and in terms of our future growth.”

Escenic Content Engine 5 provides RTS with a user-friendly, high-capacity repository for all text, images, audio, video, and other digital assets.  The content feeds a tapeless workflow for creating and publishing digital content on the sites. RTS’ Escenic upgrade, which replaced two legacy CMS systems, took over 18 month to complete, culminating in June of this year.  Cross Systems, www.cross-systems.ch, a Swiss consulting and software engineering company, handled the systems integration for the project.

The next planned phase calls for adding Escenic Community Engine, a complete solution for running high-volume, media-rich community sites. It allows users to publish their own pictures and images, maintain friends, join groups, and everything needed to create a living online community.  Since Community Engine is based on the Escenic Content Engine, existing editorial content can easily be integrated into the community solution.

Vizrt CEO Martin Burkhalter explained, “We’re extremely pleased that RTS selected the Escenic Content Engine to create and publish content for their two popular broadcast websites.  With its proven, full-featured toolset, Escenic Content Engine will satisfy RTS’ current and future digital publishing needs.”

About Radio Television Suisse:

Radio Television Suisse (RTS) is an enterprise unit of SRG SSR idée Suisse, the preeminent public broadcast network serving the multilingual, multicultural communities of Switzerland.  In all, there are 18 radio stations including six German-language stations from Schweizer Radio DRS (SR DRS); four French-language stations from Radio Television Suisse (RTS); and three Italian-language stations from Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana (RSI); as well as eight television channels including two French-language channels from Radio Television Suisse (RTS), three German-language channels from Schweizer Fernsehen (SF) and the HDTV channel HD Suisse.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt, www.vizrt.com, provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools.

Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, Tele5, laSexta, ETB, TV3, Antena3 and FC Barcelona, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online.  Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

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