HBO Asia chooses Omneon, Pharos for facility upgrade

HBO Asia has selected Omneon and Pharos to provide an infrastructure upgrade that will enable a fully file-based workflow for HBO's Singapore facility. The combination of Omneon MediaGrid active storage and ProXchange transcoding with Pharos Mediator content management and Playtime automation will allow HBO Asia to achieve greater efficiency as it delivers programming to a base of 31 million subscribers across 22 Asian countries.

HBO Asia will incorporate a 60TB MediaGrid active storage system from Omneon as a central storage platform along with new Playtime automation and Mediator content management systems from Pharos to deliver 12 SD channels to air. The Singapore-based facility will also use an Omneon ProXchange high-performance transcoding system to support its media repurposing operations. The system will be in operation in the last quarter of 2008.

HBO will streamline workflow and provide media logistics for traffic, library and ingest operations with Mediator. It will manage all transfers between the Omneon storage subsystems and integrate the existing data tape library to provide media lifecycle management. Mediator also supports future operations like screening, compliance editing, and approvals and could manage future HD and VOD services.

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