Scripps Takes Three HD Channels Live on OmniBus Automation

July 21, 2006
Scripps Networks has taken its HGTV HD, Great American Country (a country music network), and Food Network HD channels live on its new OmniBus Systems Colossus automation package.

The OmniBus automation system, recently installed at Scripps broadcast headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., controls a video server system and a hierarchical storage management archiving system. In addition to facilitating the migration and launch of the network's existing and new channels, both SD and HD, the OmniBus-based play-out infrastructure provides scalability for future expansion of Scripps' network offerings, the company said in a statement.

"Once all of our channels are running on OmniBus automation, we expect to see a significant streamlining of our overall operations, both in terms of operations workflow and technical workflow," said John Ajamie, Scripps
Networks senior vice president of broadcast operations and maintenance engineering. "OmniBus has provided valuable support in the launch of our first three channels on the system. We look forward to a successful rollout of all our services on the OmniBus automation architecture."

Scripps launched HGTV HD in April, GAC in mid-June, and Food Network HD on June 30. The network plans to shift the rest of its seven networks onto OmniBus automation by the close of 2006.

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