Russia Today evolves facilities with two new media servers

Russia Today, a 24-hour English-language news channel that was launched late last year, continues to develop its infrastructure since the rapid construction of its studios was completed upon its inception.

The station has put the finishing touches on its ingest and playout of Russian news programming that gets distributed worldwide by installing two Omneon Spectrum media server systems from Omneon Video Networks. The initial design of Russia Today’s facilities was performed by Okno-TV, a Moscow-based systems integrator specializing in building large television and radio companies in Russia and CIS countries.

Russia Today’s broadcasts offer viewers across the globe — in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa — “Russian views” on world and domestic events, as well as information about Russia. The majority of Russia Today’s airtime is devoted to Russian and international news, business, and sports, but the station also runs documentaries about Russia’s history and present-day life.

The first of Russia Today’s Spectrum server systems operates under the control of a DaletPlus News Suite and is used for data ingest and playout within an end-to-end newsroom production and playout workflow. Tight integration of the Spectrum server technology and Vizrt graphics systems enables advanced on-air control and branding capability.

A second Spectrum server system working under Harris automation is used to support creation and playout of broadcast content consisting of live studio feeds, recorded video content and documentary repeats stored on the server.

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