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12.12.2003
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
MSNBC.com gets digital assist from Doyle Technology Consultants

Doyle Technology Consultants, a consulting, design and system integration company based in Renton, Wash., has completed the digital transition of MSNBC.com’s headquarters located on the main Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash.

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provides Internet news coverage including encoded NBC News video delivered with Windows Media Version 9. Doyle Technology Consultants designed and built a new server-based digital system replacing the news organization’s original tape-based analog system, which dates back to 1996.

The main components of the system include automated satellite ingest using Sundance Digital’s Intelli-Sat automation system with a custom interface to an Avid Technology Unity for News system with NewsCutter nonlinear editing system clients. The system is now based on SDI Video and AES Audio core technology switched on a Thomson Grass Valley Concerto router. A new satellite ingest/QC area including a 16-channel Miranda Kaleido display was built in the newsroom area that is co-located with the website operations staff.

Ted McConville, video architect at Microsoft and MSNBC.com, said the new infrastructure has improved workflow between the two groups. It’s also reduced the need for a large routing system in the plant, resulting in much lower hardware and integration costs.

For more information, visit: www.doyletech.com.

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