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OmniBus Automates Content Management for Discovery Networks

Colossus automation streamlines global playout with Ascent Media and Discovery (November 17, 2005)

OmniBus Systems' Colossus network-based automation and content management solution has been integrated into Ascent Media Network Services' (AMNS) innovative origination facilities in London and Singapore as well as the Discovery owned-and-operated Discovery Television and Technology Center in Sterling, Va. These three facilities, enabled by OmniBus automation, provide reliable and efficient playout for Discovery Communications, the leading global real-world media and entertainment company with over 90 networks of distinctive programming, representing 25 network entertainment brands.

By managing transmission processes from ingest to playout at all three facilities, OmniBus automation plays a vital role in Discovery's initiative to make an enterprise-wide transition to file-based platforms for greater flexibility in accessing and leveraging the company's high-quality media assets. Whether the facilities are owned and managed by AMNS or Discovery, the common platform for content management and exchange of data is OmniBus.

"Colossus automation from OmniBus provides Discovery's origination facilities with a robust architecture that will allow expansion, as required, while maintaining the high standard that Discovery has set for all of its programming," said Jim McGrath, CTO, AMNS. "In addition to bringing efficiency to the playout infrastructure, Colossus allows for a more creative and productive use of Discovery's media resources."

A unique timeline-based, multichannel, multidelivery automation and control system, Colossus is highly scalable and easily accommodates increases in channel output, with tools for ingest, quality assurance, content management, workflow management, and interfacing with archive systems. The Colossus system is capable of segregating content and managing multiple language files. It is integrated with an Omneon Spectrum media server system to provide language-stacking functionality that significantly simplifies multilingual playout. As a result, Ascent or Discovery's operators who are managing broadcasts can match video files to corresponding audio in any number of languages.

"We're very pleased that Colossus has been deployed as part of this significant technological achievement by AMNS and Discovery," said Dave Polyard, senior vice president of sales and marketing at OmniBus Systems. "The unique and dynamic broadcast infrastructure implemented at these state-of-the-art origination centers -- and facilitating Discovery's operations across the globe -- serves as a new model for multichannel broadcasting with improved control over both operations and the on-air product."

About Ascent Media Network Services
Ascent Media Network Services (AMNS) specializes in network origination, content distribution, as well as systems engineering, integration and support, with facilities in Los Angeles; New York; Stamford, Conn.; San Jose, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Palm Bay, Fla.; Minneapolis, Minn.; London, and Singapore. AMNS is part of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Ascent Media Group, which provides a wide range of services to the media entertainment industries and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB).

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

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