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RTL Televizija Installs Omneon Spectrum Server Systems

Supports streamlined production and playout (March 21, 2005)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), an RTL Group company, has installed two Omneon Spectrum media server systems within a new playout facility for RTL Televizija, a Croatian television channel that launched on-air operations in 2004. The new channel is using one Omneon server system for news and production and has dedicated the second to playout.

"Our commitment was to implement a very modern server solution at the RTL Televizija facility, and the Omneon server offered unique flexibility in handling multiple formats within a single system and scalability that would allow us to expand operations easily," said Gusty Feinen, manager of special projects for BCE. "The Omneon server is fairly new to RTL, and we've been very pleased with how stable a system it has proved to be. Our BCE engineering and system administration teams have quickly become familiar with the functionalities of the Omneon system. We find the server concept and architecture very easy to understand and to implement in a most efficient way."

The all-digital RTL Televizija facility, located in Zagreb, represents the most advanced broadcast technology in Croatia. To enable efficient playout for that channel's local, Croatian, and international news and entertainment programs, BCE integrated RTL's proprietary Au2Play automation software with the NCPower newsroom system and the Omneon server. The automation system enables playout from the Omneon Spectrum system, with playlists exported via NCPower's broadcast schedule. As a result, the technical director has access to two channels in a fast, stable, and versatile system that allows the launch of a variety of prerecorded and last-minute news items.

The Omneon Spectrum media server is an exceptionally cost-effective and flexible media server designed for the professional television industry. 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 Omneon server also enables many users and applications to share stored media. The modular Omneon Spectrum server system delivers maximum flexibility in scaling system components and capacity in small or large increments as desired.

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About RTL Televizija
RTL Televizija is part of the Luxembourg-based RTL Group, Europe's No. 1 in TV, radio, and content with stakes in 26 TV and 24 radio channels in nine countries. Launched on April 30, 2004, RTL Televizija's program grid includes news, tabloid magazines, a daily talk and game show, series, and movies.

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About Omneon
Omneon Video Networks is the leading provider of cost-effective and flexible networked media servers 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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About BCE
Located in Luxembourg, BCE is a major European player providing technical services in the fields of TV, radio, telecommunications, and IT. With a high qualified and motivated staff of 200 persons, BCE serves about 400 clients in various sectors, such as TV channels, radio stations, film distributors, producers, advertising companies, telecommunications operators, and public services.

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