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KBDI Installs OmniBus Automation System

System becomes "engine and brains" of new content delivery center (April 12, 2005)

OmniBus Systems, the award-winning provider of comprehensive automation and content management solutions to the broadcast industry, today announced that KBDI-TV/12, a PBS member station serving Denver and surrounding communities on the Colorado Front Range, is installing the OmniBus System to control three digital channels and facilitate archiving of broadcast material.

"In providing a true IT-based infrastructure with intuitive graphical interfaces, OmniBus is doing something no other company has achieved," said KBDI-TV/12 chief engineer Richard Eversley. "From the user's standpoint and from a technical perspective, OmniBus Systems has developed a fluid and powerful solution for content management. OmniBus automation provides a very contemporary interface and unique monitoring control at the fingertips. It's very flexible, scalable, and simple, and it requires fewer screwdrivers and less hands-on support than conventional broadcast systems."

KBDI is one of the few community-based PBS stations to rely almost exclusively on fundraising rather than state, municipal, county, or collegiate sponsorship. As such, the station is allowed to run PBS programming on the regular schedule, but after an eight-day delay. While this gives KBDI greater control over and creativity with its programming, it also demands more complex storage and retrieval processes. On its main channel, KBDI broadcasts a selection of television shows from PBS combined with innovative programming from independent filmmakers and local and international producers. KBDI's digital channels also include a channel that features PBS Kids programming and another that offers PBS You and other educational content.

Through its transition to digital, KBDI is implementing OmniBus automation as, in Eversley's terms, the "engine and brains" of a new digital content delivery center that handles the station's storage and content management needs. OmniBus automation will operate along with an Omneon Spectrum media server system, Utah Scientific routers, Miranda Imagestore systems, and an ASACA FireFly archive in managing not only playout, but also ingest and archiving, whether for national distribution or later playback.

OmniBus automation will provide KBDI's production and programming staff with familiar, individually tailored soft-panel tools for moving content through the facility and to air. The ability to customize interfaces according to the user, not the machine, delivers cost savings for KBDI because the facility can use and modify existing equipment rather than invest in new hard panels. The system's remote control capability will enable users to log in and find their own unique interface on the desktop, wherever that may be, for improved efficiency in a much more flexible work environment.

KBDI's content delivery center will take its OmniBus automation system live this June.

More information about OmniBus Systems automation solutions is available online at

About KBDI-TV/12
Colorado Public Television (KBDI-TV/12) is a multimedia, public telecommunications service for the Colorado Front Range and beyond. As part of the PBS family, it seeks to inform, educate, and entertain with a wide variety of innovative, high-quality programming and related services. For 25 years it also has had a special commitment to address social issues and public concerns that are not otherwise adequately covered in the community.

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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 U.K. and offices in the United States, Germany, and Singapore.

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