NEW YORK — Oct. 14, 2008 — Genesis Networks today announced that ION Media Networks Inc., owner and operator of the nation's largest broadcast television station group, has chosen the Genesis Networks fiber infrastructure to provide reliable and permanent connectivity between WPXN, ION Media's television station serving the New York market, and the ION network operations center (NOC) in Clearwater, Fla. ION Media Networks is also using the fiber network to distribute to stations in Southern Florida.
"When it came time to replace our existing lower-bandwidth Clearwater-to-New York connection, it was an easy decision to choose services provided by Genesis for network connectivity to our flagship station, WPXN" said David Goosey, senior systems engineer for ION Media Networks. "With its value-added network monitoring services, Genesis provides a solution that is completely turnkey and more streamlined than trying to develop and manage our own direct fiber feed."
The services provided by Genesis Networks for ION Media Networks include an ASI duplex fiber circuit that connects several ION Media facilities with the Genesis point of presence in Miami, as well as all required transmission hardware, application configuration, and a fully managed 24x7x365 ASI transmission service. The link supplied by Genesis Networks provides a secure fiber connection between the ION NOC and ION stations WPXM in Miami and WPXP in West Palm Beach.
"The fiber circuit we're providing for ION Media is a great example of the tremendous value we add for the stable, workaday connectivity required by media organizations with large numbers of local stations," said Paul Dujardin, president and CEO, Genesis Networks. "Consequently, ION Media now has a permanent POP on our network that enables it to tap into a vast global fiber infrastructure for reaching into new markets, as well as pulling in new content to enrich service offerings to viewers."
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About ION Media Networks
ION Media Networks Inc. owns and operates the nation's largest broadcast television station group and ION Television, which reaches over 94 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable, and satellite distribution systems and features popular TV series and movies from the award-winning libraries of RHI Entertainment, CBS Television, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth Television, and Warner Bros., among others. Using its digital multicasting capability, the company has launched several digital TV brands, including qubo, a channel for children focusing on literacy and values, and ION Life, a channel dedicated to active living and personal growth. It also has launched Open Mobile Ventures Corporation (OMVION), a business unit focused on the research and development of portable, mobile, and out-of-home transmission technology using over-the-air digital television spectrum. For more information, visit www.ionmedia.com.
About Genesis Networks
Genesis Networks provides broadcasters, cable networks, production companies, and corporations with high-quality customized global video transmission services that are reliable, flexible and affordable. The Genesis Networks platform is a next-generation, IP-based fiber and satellite video network with cutting-edge switching and compression technologies. With more than 170 locations worldwide and growing, many organizations can now take advantage of Genesis services. The company's network operations center in New York City maintains the health and standards of the global network while the Genesis proprietary software system, IRIS, allows clients to have remote, real-time network monitoring, scheduling and control capabilities. For additional information on Genesis Networks and its innovative products, please visit www.gen-networks.com.