Discovery adopts Front Porch Digital technology for archiving

Front Porch Digital announced that Discovery Communications has upgraded its DIVArchive content storage management (CSM) system — one of the world’s largest — with the addition of a DIVAdirector module. Discovery’s networks archive 80 to 100 hours of programming each day, maintaining between 15,000 and 20,000 hours in storage.

The DIVArchive system is now installed at Discovery’s Television and Technology Center in Sterling, VS, which handles playout for all 13 Discovery networks in the United States. It also supplies content for 24 program feeds in both SD and HD.

DIVAdirector is a browser-based, distributed application that enables users at desktops to browse and retrieve digitized video content according to ID numbers or customized metadata fields, and to view content frame by frame with a built-in Windows Media Player.

Discovery uses DIVAdirector primarily for double-checking commercials and promos, saving hands-on staff time, and supporting broadcast reliability. DIVAdirector can be added to any Front Porch Digital DIVArchive or DIVAworks system.

At Discovery, OmniBus Systems’ automation directs ingest of content from videotape into Omneon video servers. DIVArchive then manages the transfer of content bound for long-term storage to a Sun StorageTek SL8500 LTO library. Content required for play-to-air is restored to the playout servers by DIVArchive, also under the direction of OmniBus Systems.

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