Omneon to Support Unicode

Omneon's Spectrum media server now supports the Unicode Standard.

The Unicode Standard--co-authored by linguist and font designer Michael Everson--provides a unique number for every character, regardless of platform, program or language. The Unicode Consortium is comprised of corporate and liaison members who update and maintain the standard.

With the adoption of Unicode, Omneon customers will be able to work in their chosen language when creating names for media files, directories and the configuration settings that manage media recording and playback.

"Implementation of Unicode support simplifies and standardizes operations for multilingual broadcast groups while reducing the potential for playout error," said Geoff Stedman, Omneon vice president of marketing.

Without Unicode, ad hoc character encoding schemes can conflict, resulting in illegible characters or compatibility problems for users.