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KVBC Selects OmniBus Automation for Playout of New Weather Channel

Extending the OmniBus system for new channel creates a station-wide OmniBus infrastructure (January 03, 2006)

NBC affiliate KVBC-TV/DT in Las Vegas has upgraded its OmniBus Columbus automation system to enable efficient playout of a new digital channel, a localized 24-hour NBC Weather Plus channel with a minimum of human intervention. The Columbus automation system has simplified the launch and maintenance of this new channel, providing a playout schedule along with associated router control for commercial server playout, the network receiver source, and local prerecorded weather content.

"By upgrading our existing Columbus automation engine, we've been able to launch a new channel -- an additional revenue stream -- without a significant redirection of our staff resources," said Mark Guranik, chief engineer at KVBC-TV/DT. "The OmniBus automation system has provided reliable playout for our main channel and allows us to deliver our local content along with NBC's national weather feed."

Viewers of KVBC's new weather channel can watch NBC national weather combined with local weather programming and commercial playout in a 15-minute block, and updated program blocks are presented 24 hours a day in a wheel format. The new channel requires only that the station's weatherman initiate recording of clips while the production crew runs the camera and microphone audio. These shots are taken before or after cut-ins for regular broadcasts are recorded, reducing the time required to produce fresh content for insertion into the Weather Plus channel.

With control of the master control switcher and graphics devices, OmniBus' Columbus automation system enables operators to precompile complex graphics packages and news items. As a result, a single operator at KVBC is able to play out complex sequences during weather programs and bulletins.

More information about OmniBus Systems automation solutions is available online at

KVBC-TV/DT, Las Vegas, is one of the leaders in the transition to digital television. The NBC affiliate recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of operation in the Las Vegas community. The station is owned and operated by Sunbelt Communications.

For more information, visit KVBC-TV/DT online at

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 United Kingdom and offices in the United States, Germany, and Singapore.

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