CNBC Arabiya goes live with Omneon

CNBC Arabiya has deployed an Omneon Spectrum media server system to streamline its editing and production.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  December 29, 2005

CNBC Arabiya has deployed an Omneon Spectrum media server system to streamline its editing and production, and enable the playout of the network’s 24-hour Arabic-language business news programming to the Middle East. “Reliability and playout stability were critical factors in our choice of playout server, and the Omneon Spectrum system met this standard at an attractive price point,” says Aaron Shaw, director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for CNBC Arabiya. “The Spectrum system also integrates very well with third-party systems, a capability that will enable streamlined editing via our Avid editing platform.” The Spectrum server system is built on an open architecture that allows it to support a variety of third-party applications for control and transmission, media management, archiving, and collaborative production. With the support of Marquis software, the Spectrum system integrates with CNBC Arabiya’s Avid nonlinear editing systems. The Spectrum systems play out CNBC Arabiya programming — comprising 15 hours of live and real-time coverage of regional and international stock markets and business news throughout the day — under the control of IBIS LandScape automation, which provides the functionality and responsiveness required for live news and event coverage. “The modular design of the Spectrum media server brings redundancy to playout operations and helps to ensure uninterrupted on-air operations,” says Shaw. “As CNBC Arabiya grows, this new server system can be expanded incrementally to meet our storage and channel count needs,” he adds.

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