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ASTRO Utilizes Omneon Spectrum Media Server Systems

Four Spectrum server systems are installed at the 350,000-square-foot ABC facility (March 20, 2006)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that leading Malaysian broadcaster ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS is using new Omneon Spectrum media server systems to provide final playout-to-air at the companys All Asia Broadcast Centre (ABC), an all-digital, state-of-the-art broadcast complex at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, as well as at ASTROs Cyberjaya Broadcast Centre, located about 40 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur.

Four Spectrum server systems are installed at the 350,000-square-foot ABC facility, which is situated on a 29-acre site within the Malaysian Multimedia Super-Corridor (MSC) . Each of the facilitys two playout servers provides 800 hours of 15-Mbps MPEG-2 storage and is configured with 36 playout ports, operating as main and backup, plus an additional 12 ports dedicated for ingest. The other two Spectrum server systems are configured with 350 hours of 30-Mbps MPEG-2 (I-Frame only) storage, and each has a further six outputs (main and backup) configured for MXF file transfers, as well as three ports dedicated to ingest. The four server systems are interconnected via a Fibre Channel link.  

ASTRO drives its Omneon servers with OmniBus Systems Colossus automation, performing monitoring services with Miranda Technologies probes. The ABC transmission system supports 12 local playout services with ASTROs Malaysian DTH bouquet, 10 into the companys Indonesian DTH bouquet, and eight regional services uplinked in C-band to service broadcasters in other territories.  

The newly built Cyberjaya Broadcast Centre currently serves as a cold disaster-recovery and overflow facility, but it will perform 50 percent of the total broadcast duties for ASTRO Malaysia DTH operations later this year when the MEASAT-3 satellite has been launched. The Cyberjaya facility is equipped with two Spectrum server systems, both operating at 30-Mbps MPEG-2 with a total of 490 hours of storage on the main server ― enough to keep all channels running live for 48 hours ― and another 327 hours ― enough to keep all channels live for 24 hours ― on the backup server. The Omneon servers are being integrated with a large media archive and asset management system   provided by Front Porch Digital.  

The ABC system first went live in May 2005, while Cyberjayas new transmission systems were launched in February to service the Winter Games in Torino. 

More information about the Omneon Spectrum media server system is available online at


ASTRO is the regions leading cross-media operator with direct-to-home satellite television services in Malaysia and Brunei and soon, in Indonesia. It is also the leading commercial radio broadcaster in Malaysia and a major publisher of TV Guide and Lifestyle magazines. ASTRO subsidiary, Celestial Pictures, owns the worlds largest Chinese film library and its digitally remastered films are released internationally through theatrical, video, television, and new media distribution, and the Celestial Movies channels. The strength of these complementary brands has extended into interactive and multimedia services including provision of content for mobile telephony. ASTRO operates out of the All Asia Broadcast Centre, a fully-integrated digital broadcast and production complex in Kuala Lumpur. For more information visit  

About Omneon

Omneon Video Networks is the leading provider of cost-effective and flexible networked media servers for the broadcast and video industry. The companys unique strategy integrates a strong foundation in broadcast with the best practices of information technology, giving its customers the best of both worlds. Because Omneon Spectrum media server systems are based on an open and advanced architecture, broadcast and video professionals are able to minimize both upfront and ongoing expenses, while gaining the flexibility to capitalize on emerging opportunities. Omneon pioneered the use of open systems in broadcast and, as a result, receives wide support from the application developer community. Visit Omneon on the Web at

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