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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Jan. 23, 2008 -- Omneon, Inc. and Pro-Bel have announced that the two companies have worked together to integrate Pro-Bel‘s Morpheus automation and media management systems with Omneon MediaGrid™ active storage and Omneon media server products. The combined solution gives broadcasters an enterprisewide storage and playout infrastructure under the control of a single management system, greatly improving workflow and overall efficiency.


At the core of the solution is Omneon MediaGrid active storage, providing the platform for reliable central storage and easily scaling in manageable increments of capacity, bandwidth, and media-processing power. Through the use of Omneon APIs, the Pro-Bel Morpheus systems can coherently control the flow of content within an operation -- from managing ingest via the Omneon Spectrum™ or MediaDeck™ servers, to moving content to and from central storage on the MediaGrid, to controlling playout to air. Because the solution is completely scalable, it is suitable for both local and regional broadcasters, as well as the largest international multichannel media operations.


“The Morpheus family of automation and media management products was designed to eliminate as much manual intervention as possible, with the philosophy that once content has entered the broadcast facility, the operation should be able to run itself,” said Gordon Hadley, partner manager for Pro-Bel. “With its media-aware storage, the Omneon MediaGrid helps turn that philosophy into reality.”


At Turner Entertainment Networks International, London, the combined system is in full operation. Omneon Spectrum servers, under control of the Pro-Bel Morpheus system, manage content flow and playout for 20 channels. The Omneon MediaGrid provides central online storage, at any time holding an inventory of several months of content so that on-air Spectrum servers can be populated with material as needed. The Morpheus media management suite manages the movement of material from and to the MediaGrid, assuring that the required material is available on the Spectrum servers.


“The recent growth of distribution channels and digital content requires that broadcast operations implement intelligent solutions for storage and management of content as it moves through a facility,” said Geoff Stedman, vice president of worldwide marketing for Omneon. “MediaGrid provides facilities with immediate access to a vast pool of centralized content, and Pro-Bel‘s Morpheus gives them the ability to move and track those materials with the assurance that they will be available when needed.”


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About Pro-Bel

In 2007, Pro-Bel celebrated its 30th anniversary. The Pro-Bel name is synonymous with innovative automation, media management and master control solutions as well as outstanding routing, control and signal distribution systems - all designed to be flexible and scalable, protecting the investment of the customer. With three decades of service to the international broadcast, post-production, cable and satellite communities, Pro-Bel has a unique understanding of broadcast workflow and is an established leader in the provision of cost-effective solutions that compromise neither performance nor quality.


About Omneon

Omneon, Inc. is a leading provider of flexible 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 45 countries on six continents. Omneon is on the Web at www.omneon.com.



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