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Kanaal Z Upgrades with New Omneon Spectrum Media Server

System that will support 24-hour news playout (February 28, 2006)

 Omneon Video Networks today announced that Belgian cable television broadcaster Kanaal Z, a Roularta Media Group station, has upgraded its digital platform with a new Omneon Spectrum media server system that will support 24-hour news playout. The shift to an advanced digital platform will allow Kanaal Z to provide its news broadcasts more easily via emerging digital services across the country. The new system was installed by Brussels-based system integrator and distributor Video Promotion and operator Videohouse.  

The Spectrum server system, operating under the control of an SGT automation system, is part of a tailor-made system designed to meet the stations long-term broadcast strategy. The combination of the highly scalable and modular Omneon Spectrum server architecture and the wide range of SGT products, which include transmission, traffic, and media management, provide Kanaal Z with enormous playout flexibility as the broadcaster continues to grow its operations. The interoperability of the Spectrum system and the facilitys Avid nonlinear editing systems allows for rapid file transfers and a more efficient workflow in bringing breaking news to air. 

?We were impressed by the modular design of the Omneon Spectrum server system and the ease in which it works with the SGT automation software, which is particularly well-adapted to Kanaal Zs needs, said Videohouse Technical Director Dirk Theunis . ?With the knowledge and assistance of Video Promotion, we were able to combine these systems in a solution that offers Kanaal Z just the right workflow and efficiencies.

The Spectrum media server system is an exceptionally cost-effective and flexible media server designed for the professional television industry. An open architecture allows it to support a broad variety of third-party applications for control and transmission, media management, archiving, and collaborative production, while its modularity 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 . 



More information about the Omneon Spectrum media server system is available online at www.omneon.com.  

About Kanaal Z

The cable television provider Kanaal Z, an initiative of the Roularta Media Group, is managed by Belgian Business Television. The 24-hour news channel and its Internet site (www.kanaalz.be) provide continuous coverage of critical business, financial, and economic news. In addition to regular daily news, stock index data, and updates for both local and global markets, Kanaal Z offers programming featuring leading business figures, the latest financial trends, and experts in economics, culture, and politics. Streaming video news features are available on the Kanaal Z Web site. 

About Omneon

Omneon Video Networks is the leading provider of cost-effective and flexible networked standard (SD), high (HD), and mixed definition media server solutions for the broadcast and video industry. The companys 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 www.omneon.com.


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