Imagine Communications Unveils Cloud-Based Scheduling, Planning System

Imagine Communications introduced xG Schedule, a next-generation, cloud-based scheduling and planning system for linear, on-demand and digital platforms at the CABSAT 2016 tradeshow and exhibition in Dubai (booth ZA1 20). The latest innovation from the Imagine Communications revenue enablement portfolio provides broadcasters with a unified solution for leveraging content assets — from planning through delivery — across all distribution platforms and available usage windows, maximizing investment and streamlining operational workflow.

Today’s video advertising landscape is growing increasingly complex and can no longer be effectively addressed by a loosely stitched together assembly of singularly focused tools. Broadcasters require business process solutions that possess the power and versatility to unify ad management across all linear and nonlinear platforms, including on-demand, mobile, and streaming. Imagine Communications has purpose built xG Schedule to help satisfy these requirements and to meet the needs of broadcasters and other media companies now doing business in a multiplatform world.

“It’s never been more important for broadcasters and other media companies to focus their attention on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the monetization capabilities of their businesses,” says Brick Eksten, Chief Product Officer, Imagine Communications. “The cloud-enabled xG Schedule provides broadcasters with a unique approach to viewing and optimizing inventory by simultaneously unifying and simplifying scheduling and program planning operations across the entire business. With xG Schedule, a singular view of linear-only schedules is a thing of the past.”

The integrated nature of xG Schedule enables programming teams to plan schedules across multiple linear, nonlinear, web and mobile platforms with streamlined validation against content and usage rights, as well as organizational business rules. A future-focused productivity tool, xG Schedule efficiently streamlines the workflow for program planners through the following capabilities and features:

Multiplatform scheduling: Manage single or multichannel visual
scheduling and nonlinear multiplatform content in a single
application.

Flexibility: Manage packages and individual items across year, month, week and day for on-demand, mobile and streaming environments.

Integration: Use a single system to provide better visibility across all platforms and content usage.

Contracts and Programs: Integrate rights information and view it
within the xG Schedule windows to help ensure content licenses are
valid across the multiplatform environment.

KPI Dashboards: Customize dashboards to spotlight program planners’
interests and draw instant focus to critical information.

Platform portability: Compatible with all desktop browsers, top five
Android devices and all Apple devices.

Designed for maximum flexibility, xG Schedule is adaptable to the
cloud, on-premises or hybrid deployment models. It incorporates
advanced search capabilities across content inventory and features
integrated media playback, providing media professionals with the
option to preview a single item or a complete break.

xG Schedule has also been designed for a global audience. The
application dynamically adapts to all cultures and languages —
including support for right-to-left (RTL) orientations.  Menus, dates
and times, schedules and content information automatically adjust to
the selected language.  The system also features full multicurrency
capabilities to allow broadcasters to support multiple regions and
markets in a centralized or distributed environment.

A critical component of Imagine Communications’ modular and open
approach to ad management, xG Schedule is designed to tightly
integrate with existing and future Imagine Communications xG modules, as well as Landmark Sales, Rights and Scheduling, and Broadcast Master, to create an intelligent, end-to-end workflow for nonlinear/linear scheduling.