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Cannes Film Festival selects Exterity IPTV Hardware

Organisers of the Cannes Film Festival have selected an IPTV system based on Exterity hardware to deliver daily content from the event to attending broadcast media over IP. The event's IT management has decided to transmit Festival TV as multicast H.264 to each attending journalist as well as selected broadcasters such as CanalSat, the Canal Plus channels, Orange TV, orange.fr, the Orange World mobile portal as well as on cable in the town of Cannes itself.

Exterity's AvediaStream HD encoders, installed within fifty metres of the control room are taking live feeds from broadcast cameras and equipment and distributing via multicast to each workstation. Video streams are available on demand to workstations with additional distribution to central TV screens using AvediaPlayer Set Top Boxes. With an editorial team of more than 30 journalists and a control room of 200 technicians offering 20-25 videos every day, images can be watched depending on individual requirements. Exterity's IPTV streams share the network with a VoIP system. This allows each workstation to provide on demand access to video footage from the Exterity system, while allowing journalists to make voice call using the same IP network. Each workstation is also equipped with a micro-headset so that users are able to make voice and video calls through the inbuilt VoIP features, which sit alongside the IPTV streaming and complete the upgraded communications package.