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KLRU Transitions to Tapeless With Omneon

Omneon Spectrum Media Server facilitates workflow and HD broadcasting (July 26, 2004)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that Austin, Texas, public television station KLRU has deployed an Omneon Spectrum media server system for its multichannel broadcast operations.

In addition to playing out a regular broadcast channel, the Omneon system is used to broadcast an exclusive 24/7 channel for the local Time Warner cable system, and four channels on the facility's digital spectrum -- which includes a duplication of the primary channel and three prepackaged schedules provided by PBS.

Broadcast on analog channel 18 and digital channel 22, KLRU provides Central Texas viewers with quality programming including "KLRU Kids Club" and, for adults "Austin City Limits."

Part of the station's transition to a tapeless environment, the implementation of the Omneon Spectrum system provides shared storage and synchronized playout operations across the KLRU facility. The deployment is comprised of seven input and seven output ports with 2 TB of storage for approximately 200 hours of material. The system is being used to ingest most of the station's standard records and for tape-delay of HD material. The Omneon server operates under the control of Crispin automation.

"In the move toward a tapeless environment, we chose the Omneon Spectrum because it already had a proven track record with other PBS broadcast stations and it offered the storage capability and key features that would enable us to improve the quality of our broadcasts significantly," said KLRU Chief Engineer David Kuipers. "For instance, Omneon recently developed the ability to trim ASI streams, which is a very important feature for us. The Omneon server system also provides a means by which we can 'tape-delay' any of our HD programming, which is extremely useful since we have not acquired any HD tape machines."

With a tape library comprising more than 4,000 hours of media content, KLRU is making a gradual transition to a tapeless environment and digital operations. The Omneon Spectrum system has already greatly reduced tape usage, improved machine availability for production, and provided a foundation for non-linear editing applications.

An exceptionally 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 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 KLRU
Since its inception, Austin's own community licensed public television station KLRU has brought exceptional educational television to the Central Texas community. This non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization is made possible through support from its members. For 40 years KLRU has been a friend to Central Texans. KLRU's mission is to enrich the lives of viewers through quality public television programming, community services, and public events such as the Distinguished Speaker Series, KLRU Kids Club and shows including Austin NOW, Austin City Limits, Central Texas Gardener, and Texas Monthly Talks.

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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