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12.13.2004
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Time Warner’s NY1 expands OmniBus automation


NY1’s expansion involved the addition of regional bureaus that produce locally originated programming tailored to viewers in Staten Island and Bergen County, NJ.

NY1, a 24-hour Time Warner Cable news channel covering New York City, has expanded its OmniBus Columbus automation system.

NY1’s expansion involved the addition of regional bureaus that produce locally originated programming tailored to viewers in Staten Island and Bergen County, NJ. As part of the system project, OmniBus worked with Avid Technology to develop and deliver an enhanced interface for Avid's news editing systems and playout servers.

The bureau studio designs are identical to the NY1 studio, and by using the same graphics and automation packages, NY1 is able to maintain continuity in the look and feel of its programming, as if the bureau anchor were sitting at NY1’s desk in the Chelsea Market building instead of miles away.

Content created at the Staten Island and Bergen County bureaus is edited by reporters using Avid’s NewsCutter XP software and published to Avid AirSPACE servers, where it can be accessed by the NY1 control room and played out via the OmniBus Columbus.

At the quarter hour, NY1 broadcasts several minutes of bureau-originated content to viewers in those locations. Households in each region receive programming that covers local news and events, and local businesses are able to purchase advertising specific to their locality.

The OmniBus system serves as the central interface for controlling devices, getting feedback, and relaying playout messages, and the OmniBus Desktop Control interface gives users the ability to search and browse archived material, create graphics, put production elements for studio events into the script, and control a variety of other functions from a single desktop.

For more information, visit www.omnibus.tv.

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