Greece's public broadcaster ERT (Hellenic Radio & Television) is installing an Omneon Spectrum media server system alongside a new Dalet media asset management system for ingest, playout, and online storage. The new Omneon server system, supplied by Pierides TechnoSystems, will allow ERT to digitise and manage all of its historically significant video content, currently stored in a variety of formats including legacy analogue formats.
"In building a system for our valued historical archives, we selected the Omneon Spectrum system because of its open platform and distributed architecture, which make the system easy to integrate with other systems and easy to grow as our storage needs increase," said Andreas Loukakis and Yiannis Vougiouklakis, technical and IT administrators, respectively, for the ERT Historical Archive project. "The Spectrum system integrated well with our preferred MAM solution and gives us the scalability we'll need as we add to our video archives."
Today, ERT owns a substantial film archive from the first decade of public television -- which includes more than 40,000 hours of material on 35mm film and 210,000 hours on 16mm film -- along with Greek and international news bulletins, as well as documentaries from that era. The new archive system will incorporate material preserved on 1- and 2-inch open-reel tape, U-matic videocassettes, 16mm and 35mm film, and also newer formats like Betacam SP and DVCPRO.