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France's M6 to Base New Workflow on Omneon MediaGrid(TM) Storage and Spectrum(TM) Video Servers

(July 22, 2008)
DMN Newswire--2008-7-22--Omneon, Inc., today announced that French broadcaster M6 (Métropole Télévision) has selected the companys MediaGrid? active storage system, featuring grid-enabled ProXchange? transcoding, and Omneon Spectrum? media server to underpin a major facility upgrade that will enable both a transition to HD and a fully file-based workflow. The M6 MediaGrid and Spectrum systems are scheduled to be installed this summer and on the air in October 2008.

Our experience with Omneon gives us the utmost confidence in the reliability and effectiveness of the advanced MediaGrid and ProXchange technology, said Christopher Foglio, M6 technical director. Based on the MediaGrid system, we can accomplish a secure and completely tapeless environment from ingest to playout.

M6 will rely on five Spectrum media servers for 60 channels of ingest, playout, and backup from multiple facilities in Paris. Locally produced video content will be ingested in HDCAM HD 50 and IMX 50 for SD. The 270TB MediaGrid will operate under the direction of MBT automation and SGT media management. The system will interface with Front Porch Digital DIVArchive content storage management, Interra Systems quality control, and Apple® Final Cut Pro® and Avid® nonlinear editing systems. The scalable, grid-based architecture of the MediaGrid enables simultaneous edit-in-place capability from multiple workstations.

M6 is an existing Omneon customer that currently relies on an Omneon Spectrum server for HD playout and the companys MediaDeck server for SD back-up.

M6 is raising the bar in the implementation of file-based workflows. The facility will not only be the premier installation of file-based quality assurance running in the MediaGrid, but will also combine this with the use of faster than real-time transcoding running in the same active storage system, said Geoff Stedman, Omneon senior vice president of products and markets. Together, these file-based media processes will dramatically shorten the time from production to transmission and alternative distribution platforms.
Combining grid storage and grid computing through the use of multiple intelligent, interconnected yet independent storage servers, the Omneon MediaGrid system enhances the efficiency of digital media access for users and applications across the entire broadcast workflow. Integrated within MediaGrid, Omneon ProXchange is a high-performance transcoding system designed for high-volume, multiformat media environments. The integration of transcode processing within the MediaGrid system simplifies workflows by eliminating the need for external processing systems and multiple file copies.

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About M6
Métropole 6, known popularly as simply M6, is a French television service owned by a company called Métropole Télévision. M6 broadcasts an over-the-air SECAM signal and is also carried on the Atlantic Bird 3 broadcast satellite. M6 also broadcasts a digital signal to Switzerland via the W3A broadcast satellite. As of 2004, it is the second most-watched private television service in France, after TF1. Other TV channels in the M6 portfolio include digital terrestrial channel W9 and digital cable channels M6 Music Hits, M6 Music Black, M6 Music Rock, and Fun TV.

About Omneon
Omneon, Inc., is a leading provider of scalable media server and active storage systems that optimize workflow productivity and on-air reliability for the production, distribution, and management of digital media. Omneon is a pioneer in the use of advanced IT technologies and open systems for broadcast applications, producing a modular and expandable video server architecture in the Omneon Spectrum. The companys MediaGrid active storage system delivers centralized content storage that is scalable in capacity, bandwidth, and media-processing power. The company has an extensive global presence with customers in more than 50 countries on six continents. Omneon is on the Web at


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