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Omneon to provide storage systems for NBC's Olympics coverage

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Omneon storage supplies NBC Olympics
Omneon Inc. will provide storage systems, media servers and transport engines to NBC during the network's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is expected that there will be more than 3,000 hours of footage that will need to be stored and transported during these games. Twenty MediaDeck servers in China will be used to digitize and ingest SD and HD video feeds, creating high- and low-resolution feeds simultaneously.

The low-res feeds, or "proxies", will then be transferred over 6000 miles from the MediaGrid storage system in Beijing to a second MediaGrid in the U.S., where producers can search, browse, view and edit the files. These files will be used for NBC's new media distribution including on Olympics.com, for video on demand as well as mobile highlights and clips. Clustered NAS storage from Isilon Systems Inc. will also be used by NBC in Beijing this summer.

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