Global TV supports new regional playout hubs with Front Porch Digital DIVArchive

Canadian broadcaster Global Television Network has installed the Front Porch Digital DIVArchive content storage management system as part of a fundamental reconfiguration of its production workflow from centralized to regional playout hubs.

Set for completion in 2009, the new workflow will enable Global TV to cost-effectively improve operations and prepare infrastructure for the transition to HD while also maintaining its commitment to local markets.

Based on a combination of software and hardware components integrated to provide a turnkey solution, Front Porch's DIVArchive is a solution that simplifies the process of preserving, managing and accessing content.

At Global TV, DIVArchive will be implemented at four regional broadcast centers throughout Canada's five and a half time zones and linked with high-speed connectivity. The four centers, located in Vancouver (CHAN), Toronto (CIII), Edmonton (CITV) and Calgary (CICT), will ingest and play out digital news content produced by all of Global Television's 14 stations. Under the new workflow, each of the four broadcast centers is expected to process as much as five times the content as it is processing now.

DIVArchive will facilitate the identification, storage and retrieval of content flowing into each of the broadcast centers. Interfacing with a Thomson Grass Valley digital newsroom system, Global TV editors located anywhere on the network will use DIVArchive to browse, call up, edit, share and distribute files across the production centers as well as Global TV’s smaller stations. DIVArchive also will enable the repurposing of programming for multimodal distribution including the Web and mobile phones.

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