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IPV’s SpectreView Browse Solution Selected by TSL for ESPN STAR Sports in Singapore

SpectreView browse solution is being installed at ESPN STAR Sports

IPV, a global leader and largest independent supplier of media, metadata and low bitrate, frame-accurate video technology to the broadcast and professional video sectors, today announced that its SpectreView browse solution is being installed at ESPN STAR Sports (ESS), Asia's biggest sports content provider.

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Building on the success of the standard definition (SD) project delivered in 2006, IPV was again chosen by TSL, the UK-based systems integrator handling the integration project for the entire HD facility in Singapore. ESPN STAR Sports’ new workflow required a browse system to support the fast turnaround of news and sports programmes as well as the repurposing of content for distribution to multiple countries. The IPV SpectreView browse system fulfils this requirement as the system is able to simultaneously mirror the high-resolution content and create low bitrate media files from multiple sources including incoming live video feeds and file-based media — making them instantaneously available to operators cutting packages for breaking news and sports stories.

At ESPN STAR Sports, the content management and workflow technology provided by IBIS integrates IPV’s SpectreView browse components directly into its iFind MAM. This solution enables multiple operators, using the IBIS iLogger, to tag the incoming sports events with appropriate, validated metadata that is attached to the media throughout its editorial lifecycle.

“We have worked with IPV for many years and their solution in collaborating with IBIS’ iFind MAM continues to be integral to the whole workflow at our facility in Singapore,” said Sabil Salim, ESPN STAR Sports’ Vice President, Operations. “IPV continues to play an important role as we continue to grow our operations. SpectreView enables our operators to pause, rewind and scrub the incoming live content with multiple languages in order to log games and add metadata in an accurate and efficient manner. Furthermore, IPV makes those tools available right at the desktop which is a fundamental strength of the system.”

IPV's XCode transcoders are coupled directly to Omneon ingest servers and transcode the live growing files. IPV’s advanced streaming server and client software then enables multiple users to efficiently and simultaneously access these browse assets — with high quality frame-accurate video, multi-track audio, complete control and superb media access — right at the desktop.

"IPV’s SpectreView is already in use at many premier broadcast stations worldwide — and we are excited to be working with ESPN STAR Sports and TSL on the latest phase of this state-of-the-art installation in Singapore," said Nigel Booth, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing at IPV. "Collaborative environments highlight new challenges to providing multiple users with rapid and efficient access to media assets. The integration with IBIS dramatically simplifies the logging and production processes, and enables users to access high-quality video, with the right tools, where they need it — right at their desktop.”

ESPN STAR Sports is Asia's definitive and complete sports broadcaster and content provider, delivering a diverse array of international and regional sports to viewers. The company produces more than 3,600 hours of top-class original programmes a year and showcases an unparalleled variety of premier live sports from around the globe 24-hours a day to a cumulative reach of more than 300 million viewers in Asia. ESPN STAR Sports has 19 networks covering 24 countries, each localised to deliver differentiated world-class premier sports programming to Asian viewers.

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About ESPN STAR Sports

ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between two of the world’s leading cable and satellite broadcasters. As Asia's definitive and complete sports broadcaster and content provider, ESPN STAR Sports combines the strengths and resources of its ultimate parent companies – Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.) and News Corporation Limited (STAR) – to deliver a diverse array of international and regional sports to viewers via its encrypted pay-TV services.
ESPN STAR Sports showcases an unparalleled variety of premier live sports from around the globe 24 hours a day to a cumulative reach of over 300 million viewers in Asia. ESPN STAR Sports has 19 networks covering 24 countries, each localised to deliver differentiated world-class premier sports programming to Asian viewers. This includes ESPN SEA, ESPN China, ESPN Hong Kong, ESPN India, ESPN Malaysia, ESPN Philippines, ESPN SEA 2, ESPN Taiwan, MBC-ESPN (Korea), STAR Sports Asia, STAR Sports Hong Kong, STAR Sports India, STAR Sports Malaysia, STAR Sports SEA, STAR Sports SEA 2, STAR Sports Taiwan, STAR Cricket, ESPNEWS and ESPN HD.

On the ground, the ESPN STAR Sports Event Management Group manages and promotes premier sporting events around Asia. ESPN STAR Sports aims to reach consumers at any time, any place and through all new media platforms, both internet and mobile. The multi-lingual, online platforms, espnstar.com, espnstar.com.cn and espnstar.com.tw interact with millions of users providing them with in-depth sports news, results and competitions. Developed for the sports fan that is constantly on the move, mobileESPN enables the serious sports fan to follow their favourite sports more closely than ever before with a combination of specially produced video news clips, in-depth news coverage and analysis.

ESPN STAR Sports

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About IPV

Founded in 1997, IPV is the industry leader in time code-enabled browse technology, delivering the ability to ingest, compress and encode video content and push it to multiple users in parallel for fast, easy capture, storage, editorial decision-making and manipulation. The SpectreView product suite is based on a mix of standards-based technologies developed and manipulated to deliver leading-edge, value-added solutions. IPV’s technology is used by more than 700 broadcast sites worldwide and has proven itself to be rugged, reliable and scalable in use. Additional information about IPV is available at

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