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AP Releases New ENPS Partner Guide

Showcases 36 companies developing 50 products building on MOS protocol (July 21, 2004)

The Associated Press has released an update of its ENPS Partner Guide, expanded to include broadcast technology products from 37 companies and highlighting interfaces building on the MOS protocol.

MOS, short for Media Object Server, is a powerful communications protocol used to integrate and link newsroom computer systems and broadcast production equipment, enabling journalists to see, use, and control a variety of devices including video servers and editors, audio servers and editors, still stores, character generators, special effects devices, and on-air playback systems. Using MOS, systems from different manufacturers can seamlessly exchange information with systems such as ENPS in faster, more versatile, and more interactive ways than with previous production control command schemes, with distance an almost irrelevant factor thanks to use of standard network connections.

ENPS, AP's news production system, fits the needs of all types of demanding broadcast news environments, with powerful, easy-to-use features include scripting, rundowns, planning, contacts, messaging, archiving, publishing, third-party device control, news wire management, remote access capabilities for field staff, and the industry's only fully-integrated search engine. It is used by more than 40,000 reporters, writers, editors and producers in more than 500 newsrooms in 48 countries.

The new ENPS Partner Guide is available from ENPS sales representatives as an interactive CD and on-line at The guide, which describes the products of participating broadcast technology companies and how they integrate with ENPS, also contains video clips of developers describing their product's integration in greater detail.

Current partners featured in the updated guide include AEM Technology, Apella, Aston, Avid Technology, BDL-Autoscript, Brainstorm, Chyron, Crispin Corp., Jutel, D.A.V.I.D., DigiSoft, DSMCi, ENCO Systems, Harris, IBIS, Ingeniux, Inscriber, Leitch, Netia, OmniBus Systems, Orad H-Tech Systems, ParkerVision, Pebble Beach, Pinnacle Systems, Proximity Corporation, QTV, Quantel, Ross Video, Sony, Sundance Digital, Telescript, Thomson Grass Valley, VCS, VertigoXmedia, vizrt, and WorldNow.

With MOS, broadcast journalists can search video servers, still stores, and text resources - all from a single PC and even if the devices were purchased from different vendors. They can also browse and edit video, as well as drive on-air broadcasts with real-time changes from the news production system.

"AP is cooperating with almost every major supplier of broadcast technology on ENPS and MOS projects," said Mike Palmer, AP's Director of Broadcast Digital Distribution Systems & Strategy. "Each has access to special ENPS development resources to help with MOS integration and component compatibility strategies."

"One reason behind the rapid adoption of ENPS has been our support of MOS, and through MOS, the enabling of powerful new workflow processes," added Lee Perryman, Deputy Director of AP's broadcast division and Director of Broadcast Technology. "We are maintaining a leading role with broadcast organizations and equipment manufacturers and focused on helping create better, faster and no-compromise news technology solutions."

AP's systems are installed in more than a third of the world's broadcast newsrooms and the most widely adopted news production systems in television and network newsrooms in the Americas, with more than 40% market share.

About AP
The Associated Press is the world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization, providing text, audio, news photos, graphics, video and technology to more than 15,000 news outlets worldwide. More than 3,300 television stations, radio stations and networks in more than 50 countries use its broadcast news software and systems, including ENPS, AP NewsCenter and AP NewsDesk. AP's broadcast division is based in Washington, D.C.

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