Germany's second largest television company
ProSieben is a German commercial cable-satellite television station that broadcasts across the DACH region, Luxembourg and Eastern Europe.
ProSieben’s activities include programme planning, transmission scheduling and broadcasting operations. Tasks in each of these departments were performed using disparate software applications, which resulted in time-consuming manual processes.
Another challenge to efficiency was that, as a commercial broadcaster with operations across the DACH region, ProSieben must ensure it does not break any broadcasting codes, which vary from country to country. Separate regulators govern limits on the number of commercial breaks that can be shown in films, the number of commercials per hour, and when adult content can be aired. Just as important is ensuring no ‘dead air’ is broadcast, which requires close scrutiny to ensure partial overlapping of programmes with trailers and commercials. Breaches of these regulations can result in heavy fines.
To resolve these issues, ProSieben needed a unified schedule coordination solution that could replace the various software applications already in use and provide ease of use and consistency across the organisation, without breaking the broadcasting codes in force in the company’s target markets.
Our aim was to develop a schedule coordination client application to replace ProSieben’s existing software for programme planning, transmission scheduling and broadcasting operations. We began by producing detailed design documentation for the schedule coordination software, before completing ten related small-scale projects for ProSieben.
With the client satisfied, we designed the client application, initially on a fixed-price basis, before the second version was completed on a time and materials basis. We designed a rich graphic user interface, based on ProSieben’s corporate standard framework, with intuitive drag-and-drop functionality. The GUI enables quick and easy binding of programme elements, and users can carry out on-the-spot consistency checks to quickly obtain feedback on scheduling actions.
Over the course of collaboration, we twice visited ProSieben’s Bavarian HQ and transmission centre to better understand industry processes.
By delivering a unified schedule coordination client application to replace the various heterogenous software environments previously in use at ProSieben, we greatly reduced time-consuming manual processes in the company’s operations. The application enabled the creation of a consistent marketing policy to all areas of Prosieben’s business across the entire DACH region, including programme planning, transmission scheduling and broadcasting operations.
Inconsistencies and errors made in the course of scheduling are now easier to spot, thanks to the rich GUI, so the risk of inadvertently breaking broadcasting codes is considerably reduced. The unique, market-leading broadcast scheduling solution created by ProSieben’s technical specialists was expertly implemented by us. Design solution was awarded a high score from the institute
This also improved the ease with which trailers and other promotional programming can be introduced.
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