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Discovery Communications launches new channels with expanded Omneon Spectrum platform
Discovery Communications has expanded the Omneon Spectrum media server systems at its Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic headquarters in Miami, to increase support for 12 media brands that reach nearly 130 million cumulative subscribers across 34 countries and territories. The expansion of its ingest and playout systems has resulted in new channels, such as the recent launch of Discovery HD Theater across Latin America
Discovery reconfigured and expanded the Miami facilities' existing mirrored SD ingest/playout system in two phases. It first extended its original Spectrum media server system to create a mirrored SD playout system and a separate SD ingest system. Then the company added a mirrored HD playout system to its operations and upgraded the ingest system to accommodate both SD and HD content.
The media brands originating from Discovery’s Miami facilities include Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids, People + Arts, Animal Planet, Discovery Home & Health, Discovery Travel & Living, Discovery Civilization, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, and Discovery HD Theater, as well as two U.S. Hispanic channels, Discovery en Espanol and Discovery Familia.