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Mainstream to manage Reuters World News Express North American rollout

Reuters Television has entered into an agreement with Mainstream Data under which the company will manage the North American rollout of Reuters World News Express (WNE) service.

WNE is Reuters’ new file-based video news delivery system that is intended to replace linear video for edited news stories. WNE will use Mainstream's range of satellite and IP network support services to help provide timely, efficient distribution of news video, scripts and story information in an integrated digital file. The approach eliminates the need for fixed news video transmission times and local recording and handling of the video.

Reuters chose Mainstream to assist in the WNE implementation because of its experience overseeing large scale and complex content distribution network projects. Under the agreement, Mainstream will provide turnkey service for the Reuters WNE network, including equipment testing and staging, logistics tracking and network monitoring, a Web-accessible database for order entry and inventory, and first and second-line technical support for the WNE infrastructure in the United States.

Mainstream has provided communications services to Reuters since 1987. In addition to providing MDI Technologies services, Mainstream also distributes Reuters' text newswires, photographs and news graphics to leading newspapers and Web sites across North America.

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