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OmniBus Awarded Sahara TV Contract

To provide three extra 24-hour news channels (September 09, 2005)

OmniBus Systems, the award-winning provider of broadcast automation and asset management solutions, has added three further 24-hour news channels to its existing system at Indian commercial broadcaster Sahara TV.

The channels, which went on-air in March and April 2005, bring the total of OmniBus-controlled 24-hour news services in Mumbai and Delhi to seven. Sahara TV uses OmniBus applications to control ingest, manage the media flow throughout the facility, and coordinate the operation of a wide range of broadcast devices, including VizRT on-air graphics solutions, Miranda mixers and Leitch video servers and routers.

The entire broadcast infrastructure is tightly integrated to AP's ENPS newsroom computer system, which delivers the news playlists to OmniBus via an MOS (Media Object Server) gateway. OmniBus' Columbus application checks the integrity of the playlist and the availability of the media, and plays it to air either in a fully automated mode, for the news wheel items, or with automation assist for live news.

OmniBus provides editing, audio control, and V/O functionality at each of 150 journalist workstations, from where journalists can search, view, and manipulate any piece of media in the system, even active feeds.

"This new agreement not only expands the existing operation to become the largest and most sophisticated newsroom system in Asia, it also consolidates our long and successful partnership with Sahara," said OmniBus sales manager Iain Wood.

The flexibility of the OmniBus system allows Sahara to provide multilingual services for different states across India, where some 40 different languages are spoken.

"Obviously, great care has to be taken with the media management as each piece of content can potentially have many different voiceovers in different languages. OmniBus allows the operators to have full control of the process and precise knowledge of the entire media store and associated metadata.

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 U.K. and regional offices in the United States, Germany, and Bangkok.

More information about OmniBus Systems automation solutions is available online at


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