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10.28.2003
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
PBS station upgrades facility with Omneon SPECTRUM

Omneon Video Networks' Omneon SPECTRUM system is being deployed by Los Angeles PBS station KLCS in a major facility upgrade and conversion to digital television.

KLCS, known as The Education Station, is integrating a 28-channel Omneon SPECTRUM media server system within a comprehensive digital content distribution model that provides near-video-on-demand (NVOD), streaming specialty channels, and other rich video and data resources to the desktops of nearly one million students and teachers at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) campuses.

At KLCS the Omneon SPECTRUM acts as a hub for I/O devices, with different codecs pointed directly at specific folders. For example, the facility's automation system sees only the play-to-air and satellite ingest folders, even though many other media assets are passing through or being archived in the Omneon system.

The multidimensional scalability of Omneon SPECTRUM systems allow facilities to add or expand I/O ports, bandwidth, capacity, and redundancy in granular increments, either simultaneously or independently, without interrupting system operation. As a result, broadcasters can maximize functionality and productivity and thereby reduce current and future operating and expansion costs. Because Omneon systems are built on an open-standards approach, KLCS' production applications -- Liquid Purple and Blue NLEs and an Asaca storage device running under Sundance automation operate seamlessly with the server in the shared storage environment. A redundant architecture ensures that there is no single point of failure. For added redundancy, KLCS is using an ingest server, also an Omneon SPECTRUM, to mirror 72 hours of programming for its main broadcast channel.

For more information visit www.omneon.com.

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