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Polycom UC Solutions Help Enhance TV Series and Talk Show Production

March 08, 2011

Polycom announced that its unified communications solutions are increasingly being adopted by producers of filmed series and daytime talk shows to optimize television content.

According to Polycom sources, organizations of all sizes are able to achieve “location liberation” around the world. Polycom’s telepresence and the Polycom UC Intelligent Core infrastructure are leveraged by Hollywood producers to enable their east and west coast production teams to collaborate face-to-face.

Also, Polycom telepresence solutions are preferred by producers of daytime TV shows, as it enables easy interaction between remote guests on shows like Dr. Phil, The Doctors, and the new four-part series on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Ask Oprah’s All Stars.

The shows are highly enhanced by Polycom’s high-definition (HD) telepresence experience, which delivers smooth natural motion, crisp clear images and optimum audio quality via Polycom HD Voice, said Polycom sources.

Susan Hayden, Polycom executive vice president of worldwide marketing said in a release, “Telepresence is rapidly revolutionizing the way TV is created and presented, and Polycom is the telepresence platform of choice for TV’s hottest producers.”

“Whether they rely on Polycom for filmed series, for pre- and post-production, or for on-camera communication with talk show guests, today's producers demand a reliable, crystal-clear HD connection so participants feel and appear as if they're in the same room. They know they'll get that experience with Polycom,” Hayden added. 

Packed production schedules make it necessary to tape several episodes in one day. In such cases daytime producers rely on Polycom HDX telepresence systems in the studio and the Polycom Converged Management Application (CMA) Server, part of Polycom’s UC Intelligent Core, to simultaneously manage, schedule and provision multiple calls with remote guests.

Guests usually use Polycom telepresence units that are shipped directly to them or at facilities located near their homes. Sometimes guests also employ mobile applications like the Polycom CMA Desktop software client, which instantly converts Windows PCs and Mac notebooks into a video conferencing endpoint.

Polycom is further assisting this type of application by extending its video technology for other mobile devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet. Polycom’s support for open standards enables producers to equip remote participants with standards-based video systems, added officials.

Polycom and Microsoft recently extended their hosted exchange service, to offer a complete, high-definition, interoperable and standards based end-to-end hosted exchange solution for voice, video, conferencing and collaboration.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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