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RFD-TV Integrates Innovative Storage Management System

Nation`s First 24-Hour Rural Cable Network Gains Rapid Search and Retrieval Functions with CET Universe`s Constellation (November 03, 2010)
DMN Newswire--2010-11-3-- CET Universe, a leading provider of services, systems, and solutions for professional audio and video production, today announced that RFD-TV, the nation's first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America, has installed the Constellation Andromeda Server storage management appliance for use in RFD-TVs central operations in Nashville, Tennessee.

The installation of CET Constellation Andromeda Server enables RFD-TVs engineering and production teams to perform multi-tiered storage management, archiving, and back-up functions through a single visual interface. This Asset Management appliance is compatible with leading edit and storage system, including Avid, Apple Final Cut Pro, and virtually all NAS and SAN storage systems.

?The value of a single interface software system that can manage all of our assets is ideal, and complements our central operations centers approach to running a 24-hour network in the most efficient manner possible, said Barry Watts, director of commercial operations for RFD-TV.  ?We have sought an open system that has the power and interoperability of what CET Universe provided us for quite some time.  Our entire production and engineering staff can leverage the Constellation system for a wide range of ingest, archive, and edit functions.

CET Universe, formerly the technology division of Media Distributors, introduced the Constellation Andromeda Server earlier this year. The product is a combination of the innovative Constellation VCM asset, storage and archive management software with automated workflow capability, integrated in to a customized MS Windows 7 Server.

The Constellation Andromeda Server will be demonstrated today and tomorrow at the Createasphere Entertainment Technology Expo at the Burbank Marriott, at 2500 Hollywood Way in Burbank.  The company will conduct demonstrations throughout both days.

The Constellation Andromeda Server builds on CET Universes March, 2009 release of Constellation VCM, which has been successfully installed in such major production and post-production facilities as Universal Sports and Point360, among others.  Constellation Andromeda Server is sold standard with an on-board LTO Tape Drive and Hard Disk RAID Protected Storage.  It also includes CET Universes renowned tech support, as well as software maintenance, and installation for media and entertainment customers nationwide.

?The system that RFD-TV has installed provides them with greater flexibility and scalability for future requirements, and they can upgrade at their own pace, said Tony Cahill, chief engineer of CET Universe.  ?The objective of the Andromeda Server is to take the complexity out of this process and help customers like RFD-TV get a handle on their Asset Management dilemma.  We have taken a ?storage agnostic approach to the Constellation Andromeda Server so that customers can add additional storage for any type of hard disk, tape library, or optical disc library.  We provide a very efficient solution for storage and archive management of digital assets.  Users now have a simple, efficient search and retrieval tool for video assets and any other type of audio or data digital asset.

Using the Constellation Andromeda Server, for example, customers can more rapidly access files, sessions or archive collections, including those stored on LTO tape systems or off-line by using video proxies that match time code for precise retrieval and manipulation. 

The Constellation Andromeda Server provides multiple levels of security and authentication, and automated media management through user-defined parameters.  The price for the product is listed at $29,999.00.


CET Universe is a leading developer of next-generation storage and asset management products for video professionals. The company develops, sells, and services an array of innovative file-based workflow systems for media & entertainment, corporate, and government and military accounts. Based in Studio City, California, the companys web site is at


Launched in December of 2000 and now in its 10th year of broadcasting, RFD-TV is the nation's first 24-hour television channel dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on agriculture, equine and rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment. The channel is now distributed into more than 40 million homes worldwide by DBS and cable systems including DISH Network (231), DIRECTV (345), Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV (247), Mediacom, Suddenlink, Charter, Bresnan, Brighthouse, Time Warner, Cox, SKY, Freesat and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. Production originates in studios located in Nashville, Tennessee, for RFD-TV, RFD HD, and RURAL TV - the companys new international channel.  RFD-TV The Magazine now has more than 160,000 paid subscribers for its bi-monthly publication, and the company continues to operate RFD-TV The Theatre in Branson, Missouri. For more information, visit

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EDITORS NOTE: If you would like a color photograph of Tony Cahill, chief engineer of CET Universe; Barry Watts, operations director for RFD-TV, or product shots of the Constellation Andromeda Server, or Constellation VCM, please contact Chris Pfaff at 201-218-0262 or

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