• RTL Croatia selects BCE and
    SGT (Hexaglobe Group) to renew its
    broadcasting system and upgrade to HD

  • Press release


The television group RTL Croatia had
expressed a need to migrate its infrastructure, in service since 2004, to high-definition. Already
powered by a VEDA 10 system, RTL Croatia reiterates its trust in SGT technologies (Hexaglobe
Group) by selecting BCE to deploy its new broadcast system. It is the VEDA 16 products, which are
scalable, reliable and robust software solutions designed by SGT and already in production on
many systems worldwide, that have been integrated into this project, thus ensuring seamless
service continuity. The eight HD channels were broadcast on November 12, 2019, which is about
four months after the project initialization.

RTL Croatia operates eight television channels - RTL, RTL2, RTL Living, RTL Kockica, RTL Crime, RTL Passion,
RTL Croatia World and RTL Adria (which is expected to be launched in January 2020), secured by two
backup channels to ensure redundancy. The VEDA 16 range, integrated by BCE and designed by SGT
teams in 2019, is the perfect fit for the Croatian group's needs, by including reliable and efficient MAM
(Media Asset Management) and multi-channel broadcasting (Automation) features, while providing an
intuitive and fully customizable user interface.

On customer request, multiple workflow and features have been established to optimize and facilitate
operations, adapting entirely to specific requirements, such as automatic archiving, on-demand video file
transfer, low-resolution video file generation, complete and automatic metadata management (MAM
update, adding editorial information, scheduling VOD export to AWS for client’s RTL Play VOD service).

The migration to this new VEDA system was even more challenging due to RTL Croatia's specific needs.
Indeed, it was necessary to recover and reinsert all the data from the former system. Also, some
equipment already in production has been reused into this whole new infrastructure.

Through the combined expertise of BCE, SGT and RTL Croatia's teams, the entire project was successfully
carried out in about four months, from July to November 2019, thereby overcoming the challenges of a
tight planning and high technical constraints.

Technical specifications
The equipment controlled by VEDA Automation and Media Asset Management:

  • Harmonic video servers in shared storage
  • Video branding equipment: Grass Valley Intuition, Intuition XG, ImageStore IS750 and LGK-3901,
  • Subtitles: Screen
  • Switching equipment: Riedel & Evertz
  • ISLON (NAS) storages, K2
  • Interfacing with BCE's "Adonis" Traffic System
  • Interface to a Rhozet farm in WFS

  • About RTL Croatia

    RTL Croatia, since its establishment in 2003, has become the biggest media group in the country, with three linear channels, RTL, RTL2
    and RTL Kockica, three IPTV channels, RTL Crime, RTL Living and RTL Passion, one channel for Croats living abroad, RTL Croatia World
    and the biggest on-line platform, RTL Play. Thanks to the synergy of regional and local websites, as well as with the diversification of
    activities like RTL Music company establishment, RTL Croatia sets trends and changes in the media landscape of the country.

  • About BCE

    Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) is a European leader in media services, system integration and software development in the areas of
    television, radio, production and postproduction, telecommunication and IT.
    With its extensive experience in the media market, our team provides high-quality services and will always find the solution that matches
    your project and budget.
    With more than 200 highly qualified and motivated people, BCE serves about 400 clients in various sectors, such as TV channels, radio
    stations, film distributors, producers, advertising companies, telecommunications operators and public services. www.bce.lu

  • About SGT

    SGT (Hexaglobe Group) is the leading provider of software solutions for TV broadcasting and media content management, developing scalable and innovative products and platforms: VEDA for premium TV broadcast automation, and ELIA for ultra-functional agile broadcast channel-in-a-box. A long-standing player, SGT already equips more than three hundred channels and brings all its expertise to prestigious international clients, equipping the largest television channels, media groups, institutions, telecom operators and key accounts (Canal+, France Télévisions, Disney Channel, TV5 Monde, RTL Group, Numericable, etc.). www.sgt.eu

  • About Hexaglobe Group

    Hexaglobe Group is the result of the combination of Hexaglobe and SGT and is a leader in the field of electronic media and digital entertainment. This close collaboration is an opportunity to create strong synergies between the worlds of Broadcast and OTT, combining products and know-how to build a true transmedia strategy covering the entire value chain.