News Production & Post

New digital platform for Kanaal Z Belgium

2 March 2006

Cable television broadcaster Kanaal Z, a Roularta Media Group station in Belgium, has upgraded its digital platform with a new Omneon Spectrum media server system that will support 24-hour news playout. The shift to a digital platform will allow Kanaal Z to provide its news broadcasts more easily via emerging digital services across the country.

The new system was installed by Brussels-based system integrator and distributor Video Promotion, and operator Videohouse.

The Spectrum server system, operating under the control of an SGT automation system, is part of a tailor-made system designed to meet the station’s long-term broadcast strategy. The combination provideS Kanaal Z with playout flexibility as the broadcaster continues to grow its operations. The interoperability of the Spectrum system and the facility’s Avid nonlinear editing systems allows for rapid file transfers and a more efficient workflow in bringing breaking news to air.

"We were impressed by the modular design of the Omneon Spectrum server system and the ease in which it works with the SGT automation software, which is particularly well-adapted to Kanaal Z’s needs," said Videohouse Technical Director Dirk Theunis. "With the knowledge and assistance of Video Promotion, we were able to combine these systems in a solution that offers Kanaal Z just the right workflow and efficiencies."


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