Business-management software developer Pilat Media Global plc says its flagship Integrated Broadcast Management System (IBMS) has been enhanced with new features for “catch-up TV” services.

The new IBMS:OnDemand tools enable operators to accelerate the availability of catch-up TV offerings across multiple delivery platforms and devices through advanced scheduling automation.

"Catch-up or replay-TV services are becoming more popular as viewers demand the ability to watch their favorite shows on their own schedule, and on the devices of their choice,” explains CEO Avi Engel. “Our broadcasting customers have been asking for a more efficient and cost-effective means of scheduling and managing these services.”

He adds, “Whereas the scheduling of catch-up TV previously required operators to identify programs individually for the service and then manually create a catch-up slot on the schedule for each program, these new features take advantage of the built-in workflow configuration tools in IBMS to provide a new level of automation and control."

Pilat’s IBMS:OnDemand add-on module links linear schedules to catch-up schedules and applies rights-aware business rules to determine which programs have catch-up rights. IBMS then automatically creates a catch-up offer based on the rights and additional criteria defined by the broadcaster. For example, a program’s rights might specify that only a certain number of episodes within a season can be made available for catch-up, and only on certain platforms. IBMS therefore takes into account all variations in rights, scheduling parameters, and delivery platforms for multiple catch-up services.

Pilat Media customers include CBS, Discovery, the BBC World Service, Media General, Sky Italia, ESPN Star Sports and Foxtel.

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