Product Spotlight: The Octopus 8.1 Newsroom

The American broadcast market will soon have the opportunity to see the Octopus version 8.1 first hand at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 9-12 booth SL7627- South Hall, lower level. Announced back in September 2017 at IBC 2017,  The Octopus 8.1 release adds numerous new features and improvements that are free to existing customers with an active support contract of Standard or Premium.

Features include: Enhanced assignment sorting and grouping / Advanced clip and rundown management / Rules-based archiving of social media content / Live on-air insertion of social media posts / Fast conform of rundown timing after a rehearsal / Fast story editing / Fast clip insertion – replacement / Custom shortcuts allowing new slugs in a rundown to be created faster than ever.

“These are just a sample of the many new facilities introduced during this upgrade,” adds Gene Sudduth, National Sales Director for North America. “We will also be promoting the successful use of Octopus for sports broadcasting as well as mainstream news reporting and presentation. Sports broadcasting generally follows a more spontaneous style than the tightly scripted approach used in most news productions. Our system is successfully used in both roles.”

Fully compatible with Octopus 8.1 (Octopus 8 and the most recent versions of Octopus 7), the Octopus Mobile app offers journalists full news production capabilities on tablets and mobile phones running Apple iOS or Google Android. Now, reporters and editors working remotely gain instant access to all news wires, rundowns and assignments. The ability to edit stories within a rundown, preview prompter text, as well as, create wires and reports in the field is extremely efficient. The Social media integration, already a strong feature of Octopus, is enhanced with the ability to handle Facebook comments. All Twitter postings now allows 280 characters instead of the former limit of 140 characters, and video can  be posted direct from Octopus to Twitter as well.

Be sure to Checkout Octopus Newsroom at NAB 2018 booth SL7627 and go to:

About Octopus Newsroom:

With 18 years of experience, over 220 customers around the world and more than 50 MOS partners, Octopus Newsroom ( is the world’s leading producer of newsroom computer systems. Octopus Newsroom advocates an open ecosystem using the MOS protocol which enables customers to choose freely among high-quality providers of graphics, play-out, MAM, prompters, traffic-handing and advertising solutions. Octopus Newsroom has successfully installed systems into more than 220 channels around the world. Based on Unicode, Octopus Newsroom products support all major character sets including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.

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