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Star TV Buys New playKast System From ON-AIR Systems

First sale of playout automation system in Africa (April 27, 2005)

ON-AIR Systems, leading developers of broadcast automation systems, are announcing that they have sold their first ON-AIR playKast television playout automation system in Africa. Based in the Mwanza region of Tanzania, Star TV has also purchased ON-AIR infoKast and two ON-AIR Kapture systems which they will integrate with playKast to form an all-digital broadcast automation system. The new system will provide Star TV with a range of time-saving benefits by replacing a very labour-intensive analog workflow.

Star Television is owned by Star TV (Africa) Ltd and has been broadcasting terrestrially since June 2000. Since then, they have steadily increased their range of programs and, with the addition of satellite coverage in March 2003, now attract national and international audiences. Schedules include a variety of news, culture, light entertainment, politics and music shows.

The new ON-AIR equipment will be networked with Avid and Pinnacle editing systems. News and general interest programs shot by Star TVs own teams of journalists will be edited in the Star TV editing suite and fed directly into ON-AIR playKast ready for scheduling and playout. Programs will also be ingested via the two ON-AIR Kapture systems. Using ON-AIR infoKast, the operators will be able to include multi-layered graphical information and live video with its schedules. Star TV is initially planning to train up to seven operators who will provide a 24/7 playout service using the new equipment.

ON-AIR playKast, ON-AIR Kapture and ON-AIR infoKast are part of a new range broadcast automation systems launched at NAB 2005.

About ON-AIR Systems
ON-AIR Systems is a leading supplier of networked broadcast automation solutions and automated transmission services for all types of broadcasting applications. With over 17 years experience in the development of playout systems, we have an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of our customers broadcasting needs. Based in London with a worldwide distribution network, we pride ourselves on providing secure, high-quality, cost-effective solutions and services exclusively tailored to meet the individual broadcasting requirements of our customers. Our playout centre, also in London, uses our flagship broadcast automation solution, ON-AIR playKast, to provide high-quality, cost-effective playout services 24 hours a day.

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