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CBC/Radio-Canada Now Live With Omneon Spectrum Server

Integrates Omneon server for centralcasting of 13 French-language channels (March 29, 2005)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that la TÚlÚvision de Radio-Canada, the French-language broadcast network of CBC/Radio-Canada, is now on air with its Omneon Spectrum media server system, which ingests program, commercial, and promotional material for broadcasts distributed across Canada. CBC/Radio-Canada's diverse program offering reaches viewers across Canada.

"The Omneon server provides the required functionality to support CBC/Radio-Canada's French-language television centralcasting operations, located at our Montreal playout facility," said Daniel Guevin, CBC/Radio-Canada's manager, Broadcast Engineering, Montreal. "At CBC/Radio-Canada, we needed to implement a new on-air booth to cover program playout via 13 different channels, and the Omneon Spectrum system has supplied the necessary ingest and playout capabilities for this centralcasting model."

The Omneon media server system ingests material through six ports and supplies la TÚlÚvision de Radio-Canada with 300 hours of storage. It operates under the control of Harris (formerly Encoda) automation and is equipped with a redundant N+1 channel configuration to ensure continuous playout.

A cost-effective and flexible media server designed for the professional television industry, the Omneon Spectrum media server provides a reliable and scalable infrastructure for broadcast playout and storage applications. Omneon's server system is built on an open architecture.

The scalable, distributed architecture of the modular Omneon Spectrum server system delivers flexibility in scaling system components and capacity in small or large increments as desired. The system is available in a broad range of configurations to meet the specific needs of each installation.

More information about Omneon products is available at

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. CBC/Radio-Canada reaches Canadians through eight national radio and television networks, its full-service Web sites, local/regional stations and affiliates, as well as the digital television channel Country Canada and the continuous music network Galaxie. In addition, CBC/Radio-Canada has forged partnerships with other broadcasters and is a partner in the specialty television services ARTV and The Documentary Channel. Through this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in English, French and eight aboriginal languages. CBC/Radio-Canada was included again this year in Canada's Top 100 Employers.

About Omneon
Omneon Video Networks is the leading provider of cost-effective and flexible networked media servers for the broadcast and video industry. The company's 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.

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