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After 24 months of installation work, on 2 May TDF opened its first ProxiCenter (data centre brand name) in Bordeaux Bouliac, capitalising on its expertise in running services under severe real-time constraints.
As an independent and local player, TDF principally targets IT service firms, telecoms and data centre operators, institutions and major companies. Having installed its staff and equipment in the Bouliac ProxiCenter, the Bordeaux internet hosting company Systonic is TDF's first customer. All equipment is lodged in connected, protected and controlled premises with strong security (backup electricity supply, air conditioning, protection of the external enclosure, video surveillance etc.).
Systonic has chosen a long-term partner with recognised know-how and multichannel equipment (fibre optics and radio connections), meeting all its current and future needs. The possibility of increased numbers of storage bays and/or subscribed power are already under review.
SmartJog delivers nearly 95% of Mediavision's digital advertising content to over 2000 screens in France and Holland. Every year several hundred thousand files transit the network to cinemas.
Pathé Films uses SmartJog's digital network to deliver its films and trailers to French cinemas.
900 cinemas connected to the SmartJog network can receive full-length films and 1200 can receive advertising and trailers.
Before delivery to cinemas by satellite or broadband/ fibre optics, films can be held in dedicated storage centres with secure redundancy backup in SmartJog's Data Centres in Paris and Los Angeles.
SmartJog's content distribution network (CDN) supports proprietary technology enabling implementation of the Salto restart service marketed by France Televisions at certain times to viewers equipped with internet connected TV sets (HbbTV 1.1).
This unique technology allows viewers watching a program being broadcast over the DTT network to restart it from the beginning at any time with a simple click of the blue button on the remote control. The programme is then re-sent to the connected TV via internet through the SmartJog CDN.
SmartJog broadcasts all the group's web radios and provides associated streaming and podcast services. SmartJog also broadcasts the NRJ 12 and Chérie 25 stations over a number of connected computer terminals. SmartJog also supplies real-time statistics for all these programmes.
Producer, editor and distributor of adult films, Marc Dorcel, a leading European producer of up-market X films, uses the Cloud4Media-Store archiving solution for the majority of its catalogued films and for third-party produced films (Digital Playground, Private, etc.) that it distributes. All this content today constitutes thousands of programme hours, amounting to over 100TB.
After launching Salto on France Televisions' five channels at the beginning of July, late August TDF opened a new connected DTT service for the Direct8 and Direct Star channels.
Bolloré group wanted to add 30 new short format bonuses each month to its existing HbbTV Direct 8 and Direct Star gateways. These bonus videos, on average 3 to 5 minutes linked to the channel's pilot programs, are permanently accessible through a new gateway tab.
The service was set up in less than 6 weeks thanks to solid support from the Rennes technical centre, and from Cognacq Jay Image, which ran the complete operation.
This new leading customer bolsters TDF's market positioning in connected DTT services.
TDF has been selected as technical operator of the ImaginLab test facilities platform dedicated to innovation from the Images & Réseaux competitiveness centre. The ImaginLab platform, located in Rennes, will take on board the test version of the new DVB-T2 modulation standard that will enable more services to be offered via DTT, and also its following generations, which are already in the pipeline. The platform will be operational in Q2 2012.
The DVB-T2 platform allows full-scale testing of network and service performance across representative broadcasting channels right up to the end user, in the various modes available under the DVB-T2 standard. All equipment manufacturers (modulators , DVB-T2 terminals etc.), for example Teamcast, Enensis, Engine etc. will be able to test their equipment for three years. Other DVB-T2 platforms exist in Spain (Abertis) and Finland.