Sundance Digital puts Grass Valley K2 server on-air at KGW-TV
April 10, 2006
KGW-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland, OR, is now on air with a new six-channel Sundance Digital Titan automation system and the Grass Valley K2 media client and Media server system. KGW-TV joins 13 other stations in Belo's Television Group that now operate with Titan at their digital core.
KGW, on the air 24-hours, currently delivers both NTSC and digital television channels. Two K2 media server clusters (one for redundancy) support program and commercial playout as well as distribution of local weather programming and commercial insertions on WeatherPlus, a DTV sub-channel.
Titan is a highly scalable automation system able to control hundreds of channels in a facility or remotely manage playlists at multiple geographically separated locations. KGW-TV presently operates six Titan channels, one of which is a “spoke” for Northwest Cable News (NWCN) originating from Belo's KING/KONG duopoly in Seattle.
The station's six-channel Titan configuration includes Sundance Digital's Intelli-Sat Schedule and Record Manager, News Recorder to automatically capture and re-purpose live news programming, TitanSync for auto-failover redundancy, multiple Media Prep and Air Control Stations, a Digital Delivery Management System (DDMS) to integrate the movement of media from various commercial cache servers, and SalesView Lo-Res for server content browsing. Titan is also controlling Grass Valley's M-2100 SD and HD master control switchers.
The Titan system is also integrated with a Telestream Traffic Manager system. They use Telestream in combination with Sundance's DDMS to download syndicated programming from Pathfire and file transfer a show straight into the Titan system without going to tape. The segment timings come across automatically.
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