Discovery Communications has upgraded its DIVArchive content storage management system with the addition of DIVAdirector. Installed at Discovery's Television and Technology Center in Sterling, VA, which performs playout for all 13 Discovery networks in the United States, the DIVArchive serves content for 24 program feeds in both SD and HD. Discovery's networks archive 80 to 100 hours of programming each day, maintaining between 15,000 and 20,000 hours in storage.
Discovery uses DIVAdirector primarily for double-checking commercials and promos, saving hands-on staff time and supporting broadcast reliability. At the center, OmniBus Systems' automation directs ingest of content from videotape into Omneon video servers. DIVArchive then manages the transfer of content bound for long-term storage to a Sun StorageTek SL8500 LTO library. Content required for play-to-air is restored to the playout servers by DIVArchive, also under the direction of OmniBus Systems.
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