Discovery Television and Technology Center launches new on-air operations

Centralized workflow enhances KAET-TV’s automation, multichannel monitoring capabilities and signal path control of one HD and four SD channels
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The Discovery Television and Technology Center has eight active media ingest/QC suites, an HD/SD-hybrid live events control room, two nonlinear post-production suites and a transmission operations center (TOC).

Discovery Communications has launched the Discovery Television and Technology Center, the new home for the network origination for 13 of Discovery’s U.S. Networks and BBC America, encompassing 17 network feeds.

With systems integration services provided by Ascent Media Systems & Technology Services, the operational center of the facility is a glass-enclosed, circular master control area that can support any mixture of up to 64 channels of HD or SD programming. The master control features three on-air supervisor posts and is surrounded by 10 transmission pods that can be configured to control as many as six of Discovery’s U.S. Networks. Additionally, the design will provide the capability to ensure proper signal monitoring during key programming day parts.

The Discovery Television and Technology Center has eight active media ingest/QC suites, an HD/SD-hybrid live events control room, two nonlinear post-production suites and a transmission operations center (TOC). The server-based venue also has a digital data archive and on-site physical media library. After the initial content ingest, the end-to-end workflow occurs in a tapeless manner employing five video servers that provide 2000 hours of online storage and a nearline tape archive that supports up to 90 petabytes of high-resolution content.

This facility is a blend of traditional information technology mixed with broadcast components and has 16 virtual local area IP networks (VLANS), primary and backup video servers, broadcast automation and channel branding tools.

For more information, visit www.discovery.com.

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