Barrington Standardizes on Omneon Servers

Omneon announced this week that the Barrington Broadcasting Group has standardized on Omneon’s Spectrum media server system in moving its television station group into high-definition operations.

Spectrum servers have already been installed in Barrington’s Toledo, Ohio and Traverse City, Mich. operations, with more installations on the way. Barrington has partnered with systems integrator Roscor in HD conversion of its properties. A seven-year time frame has been established for constructing new master control facilities at select Barrington stations.

"We've been an analog broadcaster for the past 54 years, and we took the digital transition as an opportunity to jump in with both feet and build an HD-capable master control based on Omneon server technology," said Mike Miller, chief engineer at the Barrington’s Traverse City, Mich. operation. "There are many different server manufacturers out there, but Omneon offers the cream of the crop. Thanks to seamless integration with third-party solutions, the Spectrum server installation was probably the easiest part of our master control rebuild."

The Barrington Broadcasting Group is based in Chicago and owns a total of 21 television stations, which operate in 15 U.S. markets.