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Oracle Partner Awards 2016

During the evening of the Oracle Partner Awards which took place on October 27, 2016, BCE received the award of: Tape & Storage Partner of the Year.

Oracle recognizes BCE as a leader in the integration of IT systems in the Broadcast industry. BCE and Oracle work closely together in order to meet the most demanding needs of the major players in the Media industry across the EMEA region.

Significant projects have been won in 2016, as the channel TV HRT (Croatia) or the CNA (Luxembourg).


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Audiovisual infrastructure for the "Creative mine"

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BCE stand. Hall 7, Stand 7.G15

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Development of a new CMS for Enex

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The new teleport of BCE opens new horizons to the European media companies

BCE has finalised the installation of its new Teleport in Junglinster (Luxembourg). This new centre opens new horizon to BCE’s customers with a worldwide coverage.

In details, customers will now have access to:

Fixed reception:
68,5°E - Intelsat 20 - C-Band
28°E - Astra 2 - Ku-Band
26°E - Badr - Ku-Band
23,5°E - Astra 3B - Ku-Band
19°E - Astra 1 - Ku-Band
16°E - Eutelsat 16A - Ku-Band
13°E - Hotbird - Ku-Band
10°E - Eutelsat 10A - Ku-Band
9°E - Eutelsat 9B - Ku-Band
7°E - Eutelsat 7A/B - Ku-Band
4,8°E - SES5/Astra4A - Ku-Band
0,8°W - Thor - Ku-Band
4°W - Amos - Ku-Band
22°W - SES 4 - Ku-Band
24,5°E - Intelsat 905 - Ku-Band
30°W - Hispasat - Ku-Band
58°W - Intelsat 21 - C-Band

Mobile Reception:
Mobile 1 - (3,7m) - Ku-Band
Mobile 2 - (4,6m) - Ku-Band

Uplink :
Uplink 1 - (3,7m) - Ku-Band
Uplink 2 - (1,8m) - Ku-Band
Uplink - (3,7m) - DBS-Band
Uplink 1 - (7,2m) - Ka-Band
Uplink 2 - (13,5m) - Ka-Band

The new teleport is directly connected to BCE headquarters in Luxembourg City, setting new possibilities for Television broadcasting as well as data transportation.

With BCE connectivity in Europe, it is easy to setup a connection from any major European city and use our teleport for broadcasting, data distribution but also for the reception of content. BCE can also install new antennas on his site.

BCE has a telecom network with connections in key datacenters in the following European cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Cologne, Copenhaguen, Frankfurt, Gütersloh, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Merton, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Turin, Warsaw, Zagreb.

“The new teleport has the widest view of the sky in Luxembourg with state-of-the-art infrastructures. We can virtually connect to and with any company or territory in the world. The teleport has also room for more antennas, our system integration team can therefore install a new platform for your company while giving you access to our network,” concludes Eugène Muller, Head of Technical Services Transmissions at BCE.
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Croatia’s national public broadcaster upgrades its workflow to file-based technology

The HRT (Hrvatska radiotelevizija), the leading public broadcaster in Croatia, selected BCE for the installation of a turnkey tapeless production system.

Following a call-for-tender, Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) was selected by the HRT for the integration of a file-based production system. Based on a digital archive infrastructure with a Media Asset Management (MAM), it will accelerate program production workflows and upgrade the current linear production system while being compatible with both SD and HD content.

The HRT is a national public service broadcaster, mainly financed by viewer/listener license fees and advertising. It has well exceeded a million radio and television listeners/viewers. The HRT has seven regional radio stations and five regional TV centres. The TV channels are broadcasted both on terrestrial in Croatia and on satellite (Eutelsat 16°) as well as on OTT for worldwide coverage. 
The future platform will federate all the users of the production platform in order to simplify the access to content (audio, video and metadata). Through a uniform environment and user-friendly GUI (graphic user interface), the users will have a complete overview of the work orders, see the status of the tasks and concentrate on the final product.

On the technical side it is the complete production and archive system which will be upgraded including the content ingest, its processing, the distribution in and out of the company and the archiving of the audio and video files.

“The evolution to a file-based workflow is paramount for the media market, we are glad to upgrade the HRT infrastructure with state-of-the-art systems, including Grass Valley and Oracle solutions,” says Frederic Fievez, Project Development Manager at BCE.
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CABSAT Day 2- Meet BCE on stand ZH3-42.
As one of the leading European system integrator, BCE presents its latest projects including the digitisation project for the Qatar Olympic Committee, the multimedia infrastructure for Wallers-Arenberg University in France, the HD workflow for ENEX in Luxembourg and the studio for the INA in France.

Discover as well our Broadcast services and our Digital Media Operations, a complete set of services to answer your needs in digitisation, post production, file processing, file distribution and archiving.

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On-site digitisation services for the Qatar Olympic Committee

For one of their large-scale projects in Qatar, EVS asked BCE to find a solution to digitise their customer content locally.

Local content digitisation

The Qatar Olympic Committee was looking for a partner to digitise their massive media archive, including picture, video and editorial content. Following a call-for-tender, EVS and Getty Images were selected.

EVS contacted BCE in order to build a solution that could answer their customer’s demand, meaning the digitisation of video content locally with an easy-to-configure provisory platform interconnected within the Qatar Olympic Committee workflow.

Quite often digitising providers need to import the content in order to make the digital copies and to ensure a certain consistency in the quality of the finalised material. In case of large scale projects, BCE can install a complete provisory platform, but since the Qatar Olympic Committee had a short-time frame, BCE’s services were off the chart.


A solution in a nutshell

Unity makes strength

EVS and BCE have worked hand in hand on many projects including the Mobile set project for the national Moroccan television (SNRT) and the engineering of EVS’ A/V & control solutions in their new headquarters.

Combining EVS servers and MAM technology with our integration knowhow, we created a mobile digitisation platform that fits in three standard flight cases. Easy to transport and to configure, the platform is immediately available on-site and ready to be operated.

BCE created the platform in less than a month. It is geared up with VHS, DVCAM, Digital Betacam players and recorders, servers, monitors, storage, computers and an automation system. BCE and EVS worked together to adapt ingest scheduling applications to work seamlessly with metadata standards and allow easy accessibility to the digitised content.

Manage the future

Since the Qatar Olympic Committee was upgrading its infrastructure to a tapeless platform, the solution could not be immediatly connected to their network.

In order to be able to digitise their files immediately, BCE integrated EVS’ MediArchive Director (MAD) inside the flight case, allowing this innovative system to work as a standalone platform. MAD provides the digitisation solution with a set of software tools that allow easy management of content once it has been archived.

Once the Qatar Olympic Committee’s content was digitised, EVS’ MAD solution allowed intelligent media browsing and gave users automated access to any available content.

With the infrastructure installed, a simple connection with their system allowed the transfer of data and metadata.


Flexibility and security

The three flight cases are interconnected and come with standard IT equipment to run the automation. Completely developed by BCE’s software engineers, the automation (Au2Ingest) is able to ingest multiple channels simultaneously. The system comes with a video display to monitor the video ingest. The 1600 hours of video content were digitised in less than six months. To manage the platform, two BCE operators were working on-site sending daily reports to the project managers in Luxembourg and the steering committee.

More than ingesting content, the platform embarks a digital QC system allowing error-free content to be stored on the internal storage.

Game changing innovation

This new solution is a real breakthrough for the digitisation market, BCE was already providing three ways to digitise its customer content including mass ingest at BCE in Luxembourg, provisory platform in the customer premises and integration of a digitisation platform.

With this mobile digitisation platform, BCE is able to meet the needs of the market for security of their archives. The content does not need to travel anymore; it is possible to easily configure a platform and to start the digitisation of your content on the fly.

Fitting in three flight cases, the platform can be moved with reduced transportation costs and operated locally by BCE staff or by your own employees after a short training provided by BCE experts.

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BCE’s Newslink connects ENEX into the Middle East with its 54th member Al Arabiya.

ENEX continues its worldwide development with key members. Its recent upgrade to HD of its workflow and Newslink systems allows direct connectivity to the members while ensuring the perfect availability of content.

Al Arabiya runs an extensive global network of correspondents and reporters to provide its audiences with the latest updates, scoops, interviews, and exclusives. With nearly 30 offices around the world and large-scale presence in several key countries such as Iraq, the Palestinian territories, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Yemen; Al Arabiya enjoys a competitive edge in providing on-ground, first hand coverage of major events of relevance to its audience and the world at large.

Adrian Wells, Managing Director of ENEX said: “The Middle East’s politics and conflicts are of huge significance to every country and newsroom around the world. It is vital that ENEX is represented in the region and we couldn’t wish for a more established and significant partner.” Over the last 3 years ENEX has been rapidly developing its global network of partnerships. Already represented in the Middle East through its Kurdish partner, Rudaw, based in Erbil, Northern Iraq, ENEX’s footprint now extends to Africa and Asia. “Newslink drives the development of our members’ network thanks to its flexibility and easy integration to our members’ workflows, allowing a complete access to all our media”.

Nakhle El Hage, News Director of Al Arabiya joined MBC in 1991, initially as a reporter and then producer of the main evening news bulletin. El Hage said: “Al Arabiya is the leading news network in many markets and we achieved this by providing objective, timely and impartial news. We want to remain on top, delivering news that’s fast accurate, diverse and comprehensive.”

Al Arabiya is part of the MBC Media Group based in Dubai. MBC is the leading privately owned television company in the region with 23 different channels serving its audience free to air and subscription channels. Al Arabiya is not the only news channel in the MBC line up. Al Hadath was launched in 2012 to focus on live events.

ENEX’s move eastwards reflects the other key change in the news cooperative’s operations with 24-hour coordination now in place through ENEX’s satellite offices in Bogota, Colombia and Sydney, Australia.

“BCE and ENEX are long term partners, we are glad to contribute, technology speaking, to the development of the company. The new version of Newslink is the perfect blend between flexibility, ease of use and effectiveness. We will continue to provide ENEX with our technology and software development services and build a strong network of talented news companies,” concludes Tun Van Rijswijck, COO at BCE.

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RadioLux selected BCE for the integration of L’essentiel Radio

Following a call for tenders for the radio frequency 107.7 MHz in Luxembourg, RadioLux won this tender.

The company selected BCE for the complete installation of its new platform. RadioLux was created by Edita, publisher of a daily newspaper in Luxembourg and the shareholders of Must FM, a radio station from the Belgian Province of Luxembourg. CLT-UFA has a shareholding of 25 % in the company.

In addition to its many services in broadcast, production, post-production, telecom and IT, BCE offers radio and TV integration services. With numerous customers including Must FM, BCE was the natural partner for this project.

Thus the radio wanted to acquire for its premises in Differdange (South of Luxembourg) a studio for live broadcast, another for production, which will also be used as a recovery platform for the broadcast studio, and a technical room. BCE ensures as well the FM broadcasting and arranges the radio relay links to the transmitter located in Luxembourg City.

L’essentiel Radio is available since 22nd February 2016 on the radio frequency 107.7 MHz.

"Radiolux is very satisfied with BCE’s services which have been irreproachable throughout the project. Even with a short timeframe, BCE managed to meet the deadlines. BCE was not only a provider but a partner with highly valued counsel,”concluded Emmanuel Fleig, Managing Director at Radiolux.
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