Sundance Digital Puts The 1st Grass Valley K2 Media Server OnAir At KGW-TV
Portland, OR (April 3, 2006) — KGWTV, the Portland, Oregon NBC affiliate, has inaugurated service of its new sixchannel Sundance Digital Titan™ automation system and became the first to take a new Grass Valley K2 media server to air. KGWTV joins 13 other stations in Belo’s Television Group that now operate with Titan at their digital core. Belo, one of the nation’s largest media companies, owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets.
"We have actually standardized on Titan automation for all our stations, some of which centralcast and others run individual systems,” said Reed Wilson, Belo’s Technology ManagerBroadcast Media. “Our goal is to put an infrastructure in place that will grow with us and serve our needs both now and into the future.” Titan is a highly scalable automation system able to control many hundreds of channels in a facility or remotely manage playlists at multiple geographically separated locations. KGWTV presently operates 6 Titan channels, one of which is a ’spoke’ for Northwest Cable News (NWCN) originating from Belo’s KING/KONG duopoly in Seattle.
The KGWTV installation marks the first time Belo has integrated Titan with the new full HD/SD version of the Thomson Grass Valley K2 video server, giving the station immediate HD/commercial capability and providing a path to unlimited growth as the station migrates towards high definition and an increased channel count. Grass Valley is a division of Thomson (NYSE: TMS; Euronext Paris: 18453). The station’s sixchannel Titan configuration includes Sundance Digital’s IntelliSat ™ Schedule and Record Manager, News Recorder to automatically capture and repurpose live news programming, TitanSync™ for autofailover redundancy, multiple Media Prep and Air Control Stations, a Digital Delivery Management System (DDMS) to integrate the movement of media from various commercial cache servers, and SalesView LoRes for server content browsing. Titan is also controlling Grass Valley’s M2100 SD and HD switchers.
“Titan is very important because it allows us to tightly integrate our automation system with Telestream’s Traffic Manager,” said Wilson. "We use Telestream in combination with Sundance Digital’s DDMS to download syndicated programming from Pathfire and file transfer a show
straight into our system without going to tape, and the segment timings come across automatically"
KGW, on the air 24/7, currently delivers both NTSC and digital television channels. Two K2 media server clusters (one for redundancy) support program and commercial playout as well as distribution of local weather programming and commercial insertions on WeatherPlus, a DTV
About KGWTV and Belo
KGWTV, owned by Belo Corp., is the NBC affiliated television station serving the Portland, Oregon market. Belo Corp. is one of the nation’s largest media companies with a diversified group of market leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,600 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America’s most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid Atlantic.
Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo’s daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, affluent populations and the fastgrowing Hispanic market, including Quick and al dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and the d, El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies.
About Sundance Digital Inc.
Sundance Digital, entering its second decade in 2005, is headquartered in the metropolitan Dallas, Texas area. The Company is an award-winning provider of high-performance television automation solutions. Sundance Digital has a strong commitment to technology, deep roots in all aspects of television, and is highly customer focused. Technical support is available “live” on a 24x7 basis from a team of highly skilled, broadcast-trained engineers. Additional information about Sundance products is available at www.SundanceDigital.com
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