ARUJI expands entire playout platform with SoftCast and Ideal Japan

Ideal Systems Japan announced today that Aruji, one of Japan’s leading media companies providing services for satellite broadcasting and playout operations, is expanding their entire suite of 32 channels onto the SoftCast automation, Media Asset Management (MAM), and integrated playout platform.

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Earlier this year, Aruji deployed 4 channels of the SoftCast broadcast system and have since decided to move all their channels over to the file-based solution with SoftCast SC-MAM at its core. SoftCast SC-MAM manages Aruji’s workflows, including ingest and quality control of various content types, while SoftCast SC-Autoplay, a "Channel-in-a-Box" solution, provides integrated playout for Aruji’s 24/7 operations.

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“We were extremely pleased with the initial 4 channels of SoftCast, which Ideal provided to us in June of this year and have continued to be impressed with the dramatic improvement in our workflows, as well as the incredible reliability of the system. Moving our entire playout offering onto SoftCast will enable us to realize significant cost savings while increasing potential revenues by offering a superior service to the market”, said Shin Kudo, Chief Technical Officer at Aruji in Tokyo.

SoftCast is the only fully integrated software platform that offers Channel-in-a-Box playout and automation, News Room Computer System (NRCS), Media Asset Management, and Over-The-Top (OTT) delivery, all from one platform, and all in Japanese. 

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“We are really excited to partner with Aruji as the key provider of their entire playout platform”, commented Mark Moore, CEO of Ideal Systems Japan, “This signifies great confidence that Aruji has in both SoftCast and Ideal Systems for the delivery and ongoing support of the system”.

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SoftCast products will be shown by Ideal Japan at Interbee 2015, Booth No.3207 in Hall 3 at Makuhari Messe, Tokyo. The exhibition runs from 18th November – 20th November 2015.

About Aruji
Aruji is Japan’s premier broadcast outsource facilities company, providing services to broadcasters such as satellite up and down linking, channel playout, datacenter operations, editing, and post production services. They operate multiple playout facilities and earth stations with multiple c-band and Ku-Band uplinks across Japan.

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About Ideal Group
Ideal Group, Asia’s largest broadcast systems integrator, is a multinational organization providing innovative media and design solutions to all sectors, including broadcasting, telecoms, and enterprise. Ideal Group provides services that range from consultancy and conceptualization to complete design, build, and after-support of broadcast systems and studios.
For 25 years, Ideal has grown from its head office in Hong Kong to a Pan-Asia-Pacific organization with 11 regional offices in 9 countries. The company employs over 150 staff members in its offices in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and most recently Indonesia.

About Softcast
SoftCast Technology is the product division of Ideal Group, based in Singapore. Launched in 2014 SoftCast provides Software-based products for News, Automation, Playout, and MAM with multiple deployments in Singapore, Japan, USA, India, and Malaysia.

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