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Russian state broadcaster to be world’s largest DIVArchive user

18 November 2013
Russian state broadcaster to be world’s largest DIVArchive user

The All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) has purchased 27 DIVArchive content storage management solutions from Front Porch Digital as part of its upgrade to digital. DIVArchive will provide VGTRK with long-term storage for its archived materials in one central repository with metadata that will enable easier searching and access.

VGTRK’s archived materials are currently stored in a variety of formats, including film, BETACAM and DVCAM tape, DVD and on various networks operating with specialised software. DIVArchive will be installed in a variety of facilities, from a large broadcasting complex in Moscow to small, regional stations in Vladivostok, Arkhangelsk, and Tomsk. The systems will integrate with VGTRK’s current media asset management and newsroom automation systems.

"VGTRK is one of the largest television companies in the world and will soon represent the largest installation of DIVArchive systems in the world, as well," said Rino Petricola, senior vice president and general manager at Front Porch Digital (pictured, third from left). "VGTRK already uses our SAMMA migration systems, so its decision to deploy DIVArchive to so many of its regional stations is the next step in what we hope to be a long relationship between our companies."

"As we modernise all of our stations and replace older equipment in every aspect of the operation, we’re putting LTO archives in place not only to ensure reliable long-term preservation of decades’ worth of content, but also to make the content easier to find and access," said Ilya M. Lebedev, chief of TV section, regional resources department at VGTRK (pictured, far left). "We chose Front Porch Digital because it is the leading CSM supplier in Russia, with a strong reputation, top-notch support, and a product designed specifically for video. DIVArchive will give our various regional stations a professional-grade archiving system and immediate access to archived material from any nonlinear editing station anywhere in the newsroom, which will reduce production time and improve quality."

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