MCR AUTOMATION & DISTRIBUTION
FUEL TV Case Study
FUEL TV is a Portuguese-owned digital cable and satellite television channel mainly focused in action sports but also in youth culture, music and art. The channel was originally launched in 2003 in the US and reached Portugal in 2007 through a representation agreement with
Portuguese-based company FLUID Youth Culture SA, that would later change its name to FUEL TV EMEA as the business expanded to more than 40 countries in that region in the early 2010’s. The channel was acquired by FUEL TV EMEA in 2014 and has continued its
international expansion to this day, where it is currently available in more than a hundred countries around Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and Central America, reaching more than 200 million households. In this particular case, FUEL TV’s quick international expansion required a complete system capable of managing programming, media archive and having channel-in-a-box capabilities for broadcast.
- Playout: VSNOneTV for managing the input and output signal of four simultaneous channels over IP with custom subtitling and distribution options to other platforms
- Traffic: VSNCrea for channel programming, systematization and improvement of workflows and report generation
- Archive: VSNExplorer MAM to manage the media archive for a fast and reliable video on demand system
“The transition between solutions would have to be made with the least possible impact, and with a reduction on the number of equipment to be installed, thus, the VSN OneTV equipment, CreaTV and VSN MAM were the ideal solutions for our needs, as they not only allowed us to scale the number of feeds to be delivered, but also to reduce the number of equipment in our facilities.”
Eduardo Ribeiro, Head of Technical Operations at FUEL TV
Key central system for this project, essential for the management of four simultaneous channels through IP with a compact configuration within a single server, allowing to ingest two channels simultaneously while broadcasting four with internal graphics and automation options.
VSN’s proposal was conceived and implemented as a unique solution, as it required an upgrade of the
network to synchronize all modules, completely modifying the workflow and automating several parts of it, as well as including new automated Business Processes between the systems.