HSE24 (Home Shopping Europe), has transitioned its multiple home shopping networks onto a Harmonic production storage and playout platform. A Harmonic Spectrum media server system provides continuous playout for the four broadcast channels within the award-winning HSE24 network, and a Harmonic MediaGrid active storage system serves as post-production storage for recorded on-air content and supports an edit-in-place workflow in post-production.
Over its 16-year history, HSE24 has served 7.5 million shoppers. Today the network’s channels are available to 40 million households — 36 million in Germany, 3 million in Austria and 1 million in Switzerland. The company’s Spectrum server system handles playout for the network’s main channel, HSE24, as well as its digital special interest channels, HSE24 TREND and HSE24 EXTRA, and for a newly launched channel, HSE24 Italy. The Harmonic server system operates in conjunction with AVECO automation, which allows users to control the server from anywhere on the network.
HSE24 uses the MediaGrid system for central storage, including 19 hours of content from two channels daily, and to support editing with Final Cut Pro systems. Editors can load a file for editing in Final Cut Pro and, after post-production is complete, very quickly save the new file for playout.