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Welsh Broadcaster S4C goes tapeless with Omneon server system

S4C, the Welsh national broadcaster, is integrating an Omneon Spectrum media server system into its facility to provide a scalable, tapeless platform for automated feed recording, media storage and playout of long-form material. S4C serves the United Kingdom with a primary focus on Wales through a combination of terrestrial analog transmissions, satellite, cable and digital terrestrial transmission.

The broadcaster deployed its Spectrum server system as part of a larger digitization project. The new server system is being used to replace long-form playout from Sony Flexicarts and Digibeta tape machines, and also to support delayed playout of Channel 4 feeds according to the S4C schedule for Wales.

Under the control of an existing IBIS automation system, the server will provide greater storage capacity and more cost-effective means of handling S4C's growing volume of media assets. It will also handle the challenge of localized regional advertising and program schedules, and the task of ingesting and playing out Welsh-language programming from various sources. The Omneon solution allows the facility to mix video formats such as DV and MPEG on a single storage platform.

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