VertigoXmedia's Xstation provides turnkey solution for launch of DTV subchannels

Xstation, the channel-in-a-box solution now available from broadcast graphics software and hardware provider VertigoXmedia, contains all the resources needed to create, schedule and broadcast complete DTV subchannels or info channels incorporating national, local, and hyperlocal content. Xstation is a bundle including several applications from Vertigo's Xmedia Suite platform and the VertigoXG graphics engine. The system provides dynamic control over long-form clips, promos, commercial spots, data tickers and crawls, sponsor logos, local weather and channel branding using a station's existing traffic system, or as a stand-alone solution.

Xstation is based on the same template-driven functionality as Vertigo's Xmedia Suite. It contains built-in support for numerous data sources including AP, Bloomberg, STATS, Weather Central, Reuters, and Hyperfeed, as well as local and networked files, databases, and Web feeds.

Channel configurations built with Xstation are fully compatible with the Xmedia Suite, so local stations can create unique local infochannels yet still integrate centralized content and data shared across a distributed station group. The Xstation system can grow to service multiple channels with the addition of modular Xmedia Suite components as needs evolve.

Multiple crawls, tickers, animations, DVEs, clips, and real-time data updates, combined with unlimited graphical layers and individually keyed elements, are all under Xstation's flexible control with multiple playout options. Xstation can be driven from a station's existing traffic system with full "as-run" traffic reconciliation to provide a complete end-to-end solution. Alternatively, Xstation can run as a stand-alone solution, with both automated and manual control capabilities.

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