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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 16, 2009 — Omneon Inc. today announced that GMA Network, Inc., the Philippines' leading free-to-air media broadcast company, has expanded its Omneon Spectrum™ systems to establish a streamlined file-based workflow at its Manila facility. GMA Network uses a Spectrum media server system to support its Apple® Final Cut Pro® edit workflow, and the company's addition of a mirrored Spectrum playout system enables fast transfer and direct playback of QuickTime® files generated by the Apple edit system without any rewrapping or transcoding.

"The Omneon media server is most suitable for our operations because of its high resilience and the seamless way in which its architecture supports file-based workflows in conjunction with third-party applications," said Jay V. Fuentes, assistant vice president at GMA Network. "The Spectrum system's easy interoperability with our Final Cut Pro edit systems and its use of our Ethernet infrastructure speed our workflow while easing management tasks and reducing the cost of deployment."

The Spectrum server's open architecture supports tight video format integration with Final Cut Pro, allowing finished content such as commercials and promos to be exported from edit stations to the Omneon Spectrum system using industry-standard file protocols over gigabit Ethernet. Because the Omneon media server supports QuickTime files natively, working with a DV25 QuickTime Reference format, the finished segments can be transferred and played out from the server immediately with no additional processing.

The ability to transfer material straight to playout servers from production saves GMA Network both time and money while giving staff greater freedom in making timely changes to their work.

"Omneon media server systems are designed to integrate smoothly with other best-of-breed solutions, and the installation at GMA Network demonstrates how the Spectrum system's sophisticated format support enables seamless movement of file-based media through the broadcast workflow," said Geoff Stedman, Omneon senior vice president for products and markets. "With scalable and reliable server systems broadcasters such as GMA Network are well-positioned to capitalize on the promise and benefits of true file-based operations."

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About GMA Network

GMA Network, Inc., the leading free-to-air media broadcasting company in the Philippines, is principally engaged in television and radio broadcasting, the production of television programs for domestic and international audiences, and other related businesses. The company was founded in 1950 as a radio broadcast station and 11 years later ventured into television with the launch of TV Channel 7. In 1996 it became GMA Network, Inc. as it diversified into media-related businesses such as moviemaking, sets and props construction, film syndication, music and video recording, new media, post-production services, and marketing. In 2005 GMA Network, Inc. launched its first international service, GMA Pinoy TV which currently reaches Filipino audiences worldwide through numerous carrier partners. GMA Network has 46 VHF television stations nationwide, including its flagship station in Mega Manila and originating stations in Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, and Dagupan; three UHF stations; and one affiliate station.

About Omneon Inc.

Omneon Inc. is a leading provider of scalable media server and active storage systems that optimize workflow productivity and on-air reliability for the production, distribution, and management of digital media. Omneon is a pioneer in the use of advanced IT technologies and open systems for broadcast applications, producing a modular and expandable video server architecture in the Omneon Spectrum. The company's MediaGrid active storage system delivers centralized content storage that is scalable in capacity, bandwidth, and media-processing power. The company has an extensive global presence with customers in more than 50 countries on six continents. Omneon is on the Web at www.omneon.com.

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