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Omneon Spectrum Media Server Supports Joint Master Control

System deployed at Fargo's KVLY TV 11 and KXJB TV 4 (October 04, 2005)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that the duopoly of KVLY TV 11 (NBC affiliate) and KXJB TV 4 (CBS affiliate) serving the Fargo and Valley City areas of North Dakota has deployed an Omneon Spectrum media server system for playout from a joint master control room. The Omneon server system, installed and launched with the merging of KXJB operations into the KVLY facility, provides centralized playout of both channels and handles all content ingest.

"Our goal was to implement a reliable core server system into an overall operations infrastructure that would be relatively immune to a single point of failure, and the Omneon server system enabled us to configure just that type of system," said Doug Jenson, assistant chief engineer at KVLY and KXJB, both of which are Wicks Television stations. "The ability to add channels and increase storage capacity also was appealing in that we can add another channel simply by adding another Omneon MediaPort module to the server system."

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. The 10-channel Omneon Spectrum server system at KVLY/KXJB's Fargo facility operates in conjunction with Crispin automation for playout of both channels, as well as ingest of approximately 35 programs and promo feeds each day.

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. The modular Omneon Spectrum server system also offers exceptional flexibility in scaling system components and capacity cost-effectively, so KVLY and KXJB will be able to expand the system in small or large increments as desired.

More information about Omneon and its server systems is available online at

About KVLY TV 11 and KXJB TV 4
KVLY TV 11 and KXJB TV 4 are, respectively, NBC and CBS affiliate stations serving eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. Both channels have offices in Fargo, N.D., and in Grand Forks, N.D. The two channels are part of the Wicks Television family of broadcast stations. Wicks operates KXJB under agreement with KXJB's license holder, Catamount Holdings, LLC.

More information is available online at and

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 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.

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Related Keywords:Omneon, Omneon Spectrum, Media Server, KVLY, KXJB, playout, ingest, MediaPort, Crispin,

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