(Louisville, Colorado--January 6, 2009) Front Porch Digital today announced that Discovery Communications has upgraded its DIVArchive content storage management (CSM) system, one of the largest in the world, with the addition of DIVAdirector. |
Installed at Discovery's Television and Technology Center in Sterling, Va., which performs playout for all 13 Discovery networks in the United States, DIVArchive serves content for 24 program feeds in both SD and HD. Discovery's networks archive 80 to 100 hours of programming each day, maintaining between 15,000 and 20,000 hours in storage.
"As Discovery's requirements have expanded, Front Porch Digital has continued to meet them," said Jonathan Perkes, Discovery Communications' vice president of engineering. "DIVArchive has proven itself to be solid, stable, and dependable, operating with zero downtime even in such a demanding context. The addition of DIVAdirector, which enables users to search and view content from their desktops, makes the system that much more functional and our operation that much more efficient."
DIVAdirector is a browser-based, distributed application that enables users at desktops to browse and retrieve digitized video content according to ID numbers or customized metadata fields, and to view content frame by frame with a built-in Windows Media Player(R). Discovery uses DIVAdirector primarily for double-checking commercials and promos, saving hands-on staff time, and supporting broadcast reliability. DIVAdirector can be added to any Front Porch Digital DIVArchive or DIVAworks system.
"Discovery is one of the world's premiere media names, known best for the quality of its programming but also for a pragmatic and forward-looking approach to technology," said Mike Knaisch, president and CEO of Front Porch Digital. "The integration of DIVArchive and DIVAdirector affords a uniquely flexible and scalable way for Discovery to make its content easily accessible while also meeting its workflow and archiving needs."
At Discovery, OmniBus Systems' automation directs ingest of content from videotape into Omneon video servers. DIVArchive then manages the transfer of content bound for long-term storage to a Sun StorageTek(TM) SL8500 LTO library. Content required for play-to-air is restored to the playout servers by DIVArchive, also under the direction of OmniBus Systems.
Front Porch's DIVArchive is a hardware and software solution that manages and moves digitized media content throughout its lifecycle, from ingest and production to long-term preservation. Discovery Communications also relies on DIVArchive at its playout centers in London and Singapore. Discovery Latin America has recently purchased a DIVArchive system for its Miami playout facility.
About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions and, with the recent acquisition of SAMMA Systems, becomes the global leader in the migration and preservation of videotape to digital files as well. Having merged operations with SAMMA, Front Porch provides an end-to-end solution for cost-effectively digitizing, accessing, and preserving media past, present, and future. Front Porch Digital now can accelerate migration of vulnerable videotape -- on an unprecedented, global scale -- to optimize and secure digital storage. More information about Front Porch Digital and its new SAMMA solutions is available at www.fpdigital.com and www.sammasystems.com.