Malayala Manorama to broadcast 24-hour HD channel in India

Malayala Manorama, a major publishing house based in Kottayam, India, is launching a 24-hour news channel and is now in the process of getting its first HD channel to air quickly and reliably.

Malayala Manorama is working with systems integrator Shaf Broadcast to create a scalable and reliable news playout solution for the company's new broadcast facility in Aroor. The company is deploying Omneon’s 16-channel Spectrum server system to provide shared storage that supports the full workflow of ingest, production and playout.

The Omneon Spectrum media server is built on an open architecture that allows it to support a broad variety of third-party applications for control and transmission, media management, archiving and collaborative production. Consequently, stored media can be shared among many users and applications.

At Malayala Manorama, the Spectrum server will be integrated with Final Cut Pro systems to allow edit-in-place capability on full-resolution media. Journalists can also work with low-resolution or "browse" versions of media through their browse editor. Material can be conformed on the Omneon server system and, when complete, played out in the rolling wheel format typical of continuous news stations.

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