SeaChange Debuts Next-Generation HD Solutions at NAB2009 and PBS Tech Conference
Tapeless Workflows, New Playout and Storage Technology Underscore SeaChange’s Leadership in High Definition
ACTON, Mass. - SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC), a leading global supplier of high-definition and standard-definition playout and workflow solutions, will demonstrate a range of new workflow and play-to-air solutions at NAB2009 this April, underscoring why broadcasters worldwide continue to choose SeaChange as their HD partner. Highlights include a new production-to-playout workflow; the next generation of its Broadcast MediaLibrary and groundbreaking flash memory-based transmission servers; and a rapidly expanding roster of customers who are establishing new economies of scale and opportunities with SeaChange solutions.
New on display at SeaChange’s booth (SU12009):
Advanced Production-to-Playout Workflow: Through a new technology and integration partnership with Dalet Digital Media Systems and DataDirect Networks, SeaChange is bringing to market a unique enterprise media asset management-based workflow that dramatically improves how broadcasters produce, share and repurpose content. Built upon SeaChange’s open and modular infrastructure consisting of the SeaChange MediaClient for multi-format ingest and playout; DataDirect Networks’ S2A high performance high-availability storage; and the DaletPlus enterprise asset management software; the new workflow forms a very flexible and innovative solution for broadcasters and content producers creating news, sports and entertainment programs.
BMLxt Transmission Server: The next generation of SeaChange’s Broadcast MediaLibrary transmission server, the BMLxt, adds features and performance capabilities to the BML system. Designed for broadcasters who require a scalable, reliable disk-based central media asset library, the BMLxt features a new SAS drive-based design that improves reliability while delivering faster transfer speeds, less latency and increased scalability. The BMLxt series of servers scales from a single 3.6TB node up to a 9-node cluster providing nearly 100TB, which can be combined with SeaChange’s MediaClient (MCL) software codecs to ingest or playout broadcast-quality HD and SD channels.
FML200 Flash Memory-Based Transmission Server: SeaChange continues to innovate with its groundbreaking FML200, introduced at NAB2008. The newest version of the FML200 uses (24) 64GB flash memory drives, far surpassing the reliability of and providing more channels per rack-unit than any other transmission server available today. With no spinning disks, the FML200 is 100 times more reliable and consumes 10 times less power than spinning disk-based counterparts, greatly mitigating failures, rebuilds, replacements and other disk-related issues.
SeaChange has recently delivered 12 FML200 flash memory servers to FOR-A, its distributor and systems integrator in Japan. The servers are being deployed in playout applications at numerous terrestrial and cable television operations across the country.
Partners: SeaChange solutions will also be on display at partner booths throughout NAB, including Avid (SU902), Dalet Digital Media (SU3702), DataDirect Networks (SU10220), Pebble Beach Systems (SU11402) and Pharos (SU8902).
“SeaChange’s momentum in the global broadcast marketplace is unrivaled as we approach NAB2009,” said Chris West, vice president of worldwide broadcast sales, SeaChange. “Visitors to the SeaChange booth at NAB will have the opportunity to see firsthand how we are driving the global transition to HD, whether it’s through our complete workflow solutions, product enhancements and immediately beneficial strategic partnerships.”
In addition to its significant presence on the NAB show floor, Simon McGrath and Alan Hoff, chief marketing officer and vice president of product marketing for SeaChange, respectively, will deliver presentations at the Telecom2009 Conference on advanced advertising and strategies to leverage IPTV growth.
Prior to NAB, SeaChange will exhibit at the PBS Technology Conference, April 15-18, at Caesar’s Palace. More than 40 PBS affiliates are using SeaChange digital video systems to meet their play-to-air requirements and expand their services to their communities.
SeaChange International is a leading provider of software applications, services and integrated solutions for broadcasting, Video-On-Demand (VOD), digital advertising, and content acquisition monetization and management. Its powerful open VOD and advertising software and scaleable hardware enable broadcasters, cable and telco operators to provide new on-demand services and to gain greater efficiencies in advertising and content delivery. With its Emmy Award-winning and patented technology, thousands of SeaChange deployments are helping broadband, broadcast and satellite television companies to streamline operations, expand services and increase revenues. Headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, SeaChange has product development, support and sales offices around the world. Visit www.schange.com.
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