KLCS Goes With Omneon For DTV

(October 27, 2003) Sunnyvale, CA--Omneon Video Networks' Omneon SPECTRUM system is being deployed by Los Angeles PBS station KLCS in a major facility upgrade and conversion to digital television. KLCS is integrating a 28-channel Omneon SPECTRUM media server system within a comprehensive digital content distribution model that provides near-video-on-demand (NVOD), streaming specialty channels, and other rich video and data resources to the desktops of nearly one million students and teachers at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) campuses.

"We created this new broadcast model with the goal of optimizing our bandwidth use to provide more resources to the classroom," said KLCS director of technical operations and TV engineering Alan Popkin. "Through what we call 'daypart bandwidth management,' we plan to change the paradigm of the way digital content interacts with the classroom."

From the start of the school day until 4 p.m., KLCS will broadcast its main over-the-air DTV channel while delivering four to 10 streaming specialty channels directly to students' and teachers' desktops. Then from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the facility will shift from streaming channels to four traditional over-the-air broadcast channels, delivered through the cable system. From 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., KLCS will offer a traditional DTV channel plus an HD channel, and then from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. will shift to a regular DTV channel and a heavy data push for delivery of near-video-on-demand to the LAUSD campuses.

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