Octopus To Spread Its Tentacles At NAB Show


Look out, 2017 NAB attendees! There’s an OCTOPUS on the loose, and it wants to live in your stations’ newsroom.

OCTOPUS Newsroom, a producer of computer newsroom systems, is planning to demonstrate the full feature set of its Octopus 8 newsroom at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

“Octopus provides all the capabilities television, radio and online journalists need to operate as a team or individually, whether working at a single site, distributed sites or on location,” said Gene Sudduth, who serves as the North America national sales director for the Prague-based producer of standalone newsroom computer systems that launched in 1999.

Sudduth added that the Octopus 8’s graphic interface “allows essential features for collaborative assignments to be accessed easily, plus special tools for stories that require fast editorial approval. Advanced features are also within easy reach and can be managed based on user rights.”

Available for Windows, OS X and Linux operating systems, Octopus can also be accessed via tablets and mobile phones.

“Our development goal was to anticipate the future of newsroom computer systems,” noted Gabriel Janko, Octopus’ worldwide director of sales. “Octopus 8 combines power, efficiency and scalability in a mature and proven solution that is open to a vast array of complementary third-party solutions through our technological partners’ MOS based products.”

Octopus 8 can ingest incoming source material such as agency wires, RSS feeds, emails, SMS. It can also source from, and output to, social media platforms. Operators can search and browse content being posted in accounts such as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. They can also follow specific hashtags or channels and have a streamlined view organised for immediate reference.

Newsroom staff can upload videos to YouTube, send breaking news to Twitter and post teasers on Facebook. It also allows content to be uploaded from the rundown to a website via a integration with CMS such as Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. This can be achieved with a single click.

Based on Unicode, OCTOPUS Newsroom products support all major character sets including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.