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Public TV Station Selects SeaChange Digital Media Server System

WUSF's Dramatic Transformation Means New Facilities and Digital Operations (August 01, 2001)
PBS member station WUSF (Channel 16) has a new home featuring digital video operations based on SeaChange International, Inc.'s Broadcast MediaCluster digital media server system.

Located on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, WUSF's all-digital facility was created to immediately leverage digital technologies across broadcast and production services and to position WUSF for new opportunities such as multichannel broadcasting, DTV and Webcasting to extend its broad "Power of Education" initiative. WUSF airs its programming and promotions in MPEG-2 from a SeaChange Broadcast MediaCluster 830 media server system. Taking advantage of the synergies of digital technologies for today's television operations, WUSF deployed its Broadcast MediaCluster 830 with integrated automation software from Harris and an Ampex digital tape archive supported by Avalon's archive manager.

"WUSF is enjoying a dramatic transformation which will rapidly translate to a wider range of services for Tampa. We chose SeaChange because it supports this vision cost-effectively without compromising reliability and scalability," said Bill Buxton, station manager, WUSF. "Improved video quality and operational savings are the immediate impact of our new architecture. Long term, our Broadcast MediaCluster will dovetail nicely with our plans to multicast additional streams of educational programming and a wider variety of services to the community."

WUSF-TV provides educational, cultural and public affairs television programming, productions and community outreach service to its customers. Expanding the "shelf space" of public television in the community, WUSF-TV offers services beyond broadcast programming. WUSF-TV staff and management have created a variety of learning systems distributed on CD-ROM, DVD and digital broadcast. The station partners with other USF units and off-campus organizations in productions of teleconferencing, distance learning and multi-media courseware projects.

Products in SeaChange's Broadcast MediaCluster family are comprised of server nodes, which leverage SeaChange's MediaCluster architecture to scale gracefully in storage and I/O capacity, while providing fault-resilience without costly mirroring of audio and video data. The Broadcast MediaCluster 830 series utilizes eight disk drives (9, 18, 36, 72 or 180GB) per node with up to 28 I/Os in a seven-node Broadcast MediaCluster. Total storage on a seven-node Broadcast MediaCluster 830 approaches 7TB (678 Hours @ 24Mbps) using 180GB disk drives.

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