Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) has launched origination of its Latin American networks — TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM — from newly installed Omneon Spectrum media server systems. Fourteen distinct multilingual feeds are being played out from the Spectrum system to bring these four networks to Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, and Latin America via pan-regional feeds.
The media server system manages the complex set of language options typical of multichannel broadcasting. Its open architecture interfaces with Turner's Pro-Bel automation system, StorageTek automated data storage libraries, and Apple Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing workstations to enable transmission, media management, archiving, and production.
For TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and TCM programming, any given video clip can be associated with up to 20 different language tracks. During ingest, operators apply names to all language tracks linked to specific content. The Omneon system then accesses the appropriate language track for playout, automatically routing the right clip on the right channel.
The new installation was completed and put through an operational test phase prior to the launch of on-air operations, which commenced Nov. 14, 2005.
More information about the Omneon Spectrum media server system is available online at www.omneon.com.