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Omneon goes 24/7 in Russia

13 June 2006

Omneon has revealed that Russia Today, the new English speaking new channel, launched its 24-hour broadcasts with the aid of Omneon’s Spectrum Media Server system.

Russia Today, Russia’s first 24-hour English language news channel, is relying on two Omneon Spectrum media server systems for ingest and playout of Russian news programming distributed worldwide. The channel launched on Dec 10 following a rapid design and installation process completed by Okno-TV, a Moscow-based systems integrator specialising in building large television and radio companies in Russia and CIS countries.

"We chose the Omneon Spectrum systems for our new tapeless infrastructure due to its open architecture, modularity, reliable operation and control convenience," said Russia Today General Manager, Sergey V. Frolov. "As scalable and reliable solutions optimised for continuous operation, Spectrum server systems have the ability to meet our needs today and in the future as our needs change."

Russia Today’s broadcasts offer viewers across the globe — Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and Africa — "Russian views" on world and domestic events, as well as information about Russia. The majority of Russia Today’s airtime is devoted to Russian and international news, business, and sports, complemented by documentaries about Russia’s history and present-day life.

The first of Russia Today’s Spectrum server systems operates under the control of DaletPlus News Suite and is used for data ingest and playout within an end-to-end newsroom production and playout workflow. Tight integration of the Spectrum server technology and Vizrt graphics systems enables advanced on-air control and branding capability. A second Spectrum server system working under Harris automation is used to support creation and playout of broadcast content consisting of live studio feeds, recorded video content, and documentary repeats stored on the server.

» www.omneon.com

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