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Malayali channel opts for Omneon

Omneon Video Networks, a provider of media servers for the broadcast and video industry, has won a deal with Malayala Manorama, a publishing house based in Kottayam, India.

Omneon Video Networks, a provider of media servers for the broadcast and video industry, has won a deal with Malayala Manorama, a publishing house based in Kottayam, India. Malayala Manorama is launching a 24-hour news channel with the Omneon Spectrum server system at the core of its broadcast operations. The 16-channel Spectrum system will provide shared storage that supports the full workflow of ingest, production, and playout.

“The Omneon Spectrum server system is, by its nature, a resilient system that will allow us to get our first channel to air on schedule and enable us to expand our broadcast operations easily and without disruption to ongoing news broadcasts,” said Jayant Mammen Mathew, deputy editor and senior general manager.

“We appreciate the speed with which the system can be launched and updated, and its interoperability with third-party systems provides the necessary flexibility for further refinement of our news production and playout workflows.”

Malayala Manorama, a major magazine publisher, is working with systems integrator, Shaf Broadcast, to create a news playout solution for the company’s new broadcast facility in Aroor. The Omneon Spectrum media server is built on an open architecture that allows it to support a variety of third-party applications for control and transmission, media management, archiving, and collaborative production. This allows stored media to be shared among many users and applications.

At Malayala Manorama, the Spectrum will be integrated with Final Cut Pro systems to allow edit-in-place capability on full resolution media. Journalists can also work with low-resolution or “browse” versions of media through their browse editor. Material can be conformed on the Omneon server system and, when complete, played out in the rolling wheel format typical of continuous news stations.

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