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Broadcast Facilities Inc.'s Andrita Media Center Upgrades to OmniBus iTX

(May 19, 2009)
DMN Newswire--2009-5-19--OmniBus Systems, the award-winning provider of comprehensive automation and content management solutions to the broadcast industry, today announced that the largest independent West Coast-based network origination and transmission facility, Broadcast Facilities Inc. (BFI), owner and operator of Andrita Media Center, has chosen OmniBus iTX as the platform for its next generation network origination facility. The first of BFI's multi-phase operational expansion will be the new iTX-based system which will be used to launch several networks as they migrate to Andrita.

Bill Tillson, BFI's president and COO commented, "We've been watching the development of iTX within the industry and our decision to migrate to iTX's IT-based transmission platform reflects our confidence in the exceptional benefits and advantages of this cutting-edge technology. iTX expansion can be implemented quickly, giving us the flexibility to expand capacity for new and existing customers. HD and SD signals can originate from the same platform maximizing efficiency and minimizing our investment. iTX supports our ongoing commitment to building a preeminent broadcast facility providing our clients an unsurpassed combination of services, operations and engineering talent in the most cost-effective manner."

The Andrita Media Center is a state-of-the-art 106,000 square foot multi-channel HD/SD digital server based network origination, satellite transmission, production and post-production media facility located in Los Angeles. Andrita originates a large roster of networks 24/7 including MGM HD, Hallmark HD Movie Channel, the Tennis Channel, Current TV, SiTV, Universal Sports Network, AFN, the US and UK services of the Africa Channel, and three Tai Seng channels from Asia to name a few. Andrita's HD/SD production facilities are utilized by multiple high-profile production clients including MTV, HBO, ABC, CBS and 20th Century Fox Television. Andrita houses a fully integrated tapeless digital post-production environment including 40 Final Cut Pro® HD/SD edit stations and three audio suites. In addition to channel origination and transmission services, Andrita provides disaster recovery, transcode/encode digital media creation to all major encode specifications including VOD, digital media manipulation including metadata and digital file transfers via satellite, fiber and IP.

"Using iTX, Andrita Media Center has been able to launch new, fully branded channels within days of receiving a new customer contract. Combining standard off-the-shelf IT servers and storage with a software-only, patent-pending suite of applications, iTX enables Andrita Media Center to offer its clients a highly competitive solution," said Tim Mendoza, EVP, OmniBus Systems.

OmniBus iTX is a next-generation solution that replaces conventional broadcast automation, master control and playout chains. Combining and exceeding all the functions of a traditional chain in a single, integrated suite of software applications, iTX is flexible, open and feature-rich, and offers a significantly more configurable and responsive end-to-end solution for a wide range of operating environments. With support for HD and SD formats, and exceptional ability to integrate with third party systems, iTX delivers a powerful solution while significantly reducing the investment required to launch and operate high-quality and extremely reliable channels in broadcast, IPTV, mobile TV, disaster recovery and business continuity applications.

More information about OmniBus Systems' digital asset management, automation and transmission technology is available online at  

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About Andrita Media Center
The Andrita Media Center is a 106,000 square foot state-of-the-art high-definition media facility, located in Los Angeles, minutes from downtown L.A., the Burbank media corridor and Glendale. Andrita provides a full range of television services. For more information, go to

About OmniBus Systems
OmniBus Systems provides broadcasting, cable and satellite organizations with comprehensive automation and media content management solutions that address every area of television-related operations. Its newsroom, content and workflow automation solutions include acquisition and recording of rich media material, low-resolution editing, media asset management and playout. OmniBus is a global company with headquarters in the United Kingdom and offices in the United States and Kuala Lumpur. More information is available at  


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Related Keywords:OmniBus Systems, Broadcast Facilities Inc., Andrita Media Center, iTX

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