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Deutsche Welle Installs Second Omneon Media Server

Streamlines storage and playout with additional Spectrum server (June 28, 2004)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that Deutsche Welle, a leading provider of German television and radio programming to Europe and North America, has installed a second Omneon Spectrum media server system to provide a shared control and storage environment for recording, editing, and playout of content in three of the network's studios. The new media server system complements an earlier Omneon Spectrum installation, completed in April 2002, that supports playout of Deutsche Welle's DW-TV and German TV channels.

"The main reasons we were attracted to the Omneon Spectrum media server system were its excellent scalability and very open platform, both of which allow us to grow as our needs demand," said Gerald Kampe, system administrator at Deutsche Welle. "Along with a very good user interface and integrated support system, the Omneon server has supplied us with much greater capacity than we've ever had, with less reliance on tape-based operations and greater opportunity for future expansion."

Scheduled to go live in August, the new server system from Omneon will replace the Betacarts previously used for playout from Deutsche Welle studios with 1.3 TB of disk-based storage operating under the control of Pebble Beach Systems Neptune automation. Acting as a common server for the three studios, the server system accepts material from two Betacarts or via file transfers from an AVID Unity MediaNet or the other Omneon Spectrum media server system already in use at Deutsche Welle.

The Omneon Spectrum media server system installed previously at Deutsche Welle supports playout of two channels of Deutsche Welle's DW-TV, a 24-hour service that features live news, features, documentaries, and other programming. DW-TV broadcasts German and English on one channel plus two hours a day in Spanish on another. In addition, the server system supports German TV, a pay TV channel that provides content from Germany's ARD and ZDF broadcast networks, as well as the German-language content of DW-TV, to North American cable and satellite subscribers.

Delivering exceptionally cost-effective and flexible performance, 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 that allows it to support a broad variety of third-party applications for control and transmission, media management, archiving, and collaborative production. As a result, stored media can be shared among many users and applications.

The scalable, distributed architecture of the modular Omneon Spectrum server system also offers users maximum 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.

Learn more about Omneon's server solutions at

About Deutsche Welle
Deutsche Welle or DW is the international broadcaster of Germany, utilizing shortwave and satellite for radio and television broadcasts. It is also a participant in Digital Radio Mondiale. The Deutsche Welle broadcasts have been aired regularly since May 3, 1953. Until 2003 it was hosted in Cologne. In honor of its 50th birthday, it was relocated to a building in Bonn's old government city, where the radio broadcasts are produced. The television broadcasts are produced in Berlin. Visit Deutsche Welle online at

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. Visit Omneon on the Web at


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