Ascent supports ReelzChannel

November 17, 2006

ReelzChannel, a new Los Angeles-based cable and satellite network service devoted to movies, has chosen Ascent Media Network Services (AMNS) to provide end-to-end technical support services.

Launched Sept. 27, ReelzChannel is delivered via the new AMNS cable platform on Galaxy 15, one of the major neighborhoods for the cable and satellite industry.

The AMNS content distribution facility in Burbank, CA, is providing comprehensive origination and playback services, using redundant servers and an archive management system. Programming and interstitial material is being transferred as files from ReelzChannel’s L.A. facility via a dedicated DS-3 circuit, which also has live video capabilities for breaking news stories.

AMNS’s Systems & Technology Services group helped design and integrate ReelzChannel’s new studio in the Los Angeles Center Studios, as well as the associated production and audio control rooms. The facility is producing programming that is both live to server and live to air.

Ascent Media’s national field service organization installed — and will troubleshoot and maintain — integrated receiver/decoders (IRDs) and edge servers at each headend. This will enable localized information in the form of graphics, text, audio and video to be aggregated, stored and played out from each affiliated cable system and satellite provider.

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