Information TV, the Ofcom licensed public service channel, has installed a Geevs broadcast video server, saving the broadcaster thousands of pounds in third-party playout costs.

The Geevs SDE1, with Auto-Run playout software, provides for ingest of material, compilation of playlists, automated playout with channel bug insertion and external router control.

The current installation has over 80 hours of storage and can be expanded to add additional channels and additional storage as Information TV's operation grows.

“The flexibility and future expandability of the Geevs system together with Gee Broadcast's long experience and local presence was key in our choice of system,” said Fred Perkins, chief executive of Information TV.

Information TV launched from its Soho base on 19 January 2004 on Sky. It is a 24-hour, free-to-air channel, committed to broadcasting high-quality programming, to espousing authority, integrity and independence, and to providing must-see, relevant programming.

As part of its services it helps start-up TV operations to launch by providing them with slices of its schedule to allow them to test the viewing waters.

Geevs video servers are made by Gee Broadcast Systems Limited.

Pictured: A still from a short film on Information TV's Ronke programme.