Omneon grabs HD deal for Japanese World Cup network

SKY Perfect Communications Inc, Japan s leading direct-to-home (DTH) provider and digital multichannel broadcast service, is using an Omneon Spectrum media server system to support the launch of a new HDTV channel dedicated exclusively to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The new HD channel is delivered over SKY PerfecTV! s 110-degree communication satellite (CS) digital broadcasting service. The new channel
went to air on May 9 and will broadcast all 64 matches of the 2006 FIFA
World Cup, as well as past matches between competing teams, game forecasts, and other informational programming related to the tournament.

With the assistance of systems integrator Itochu Cable Systems, SKY
PerfecTV! installed a mirrored multichannel SD/HD Omneon Spectrum media
server system as their first HD server installation, under the control of
Harris D-Series automation. The highly scalable architecture of the Omneon
server system will allow SKY PerfecTV! to expand the system affordably and
incrementally as necessary to meet the group s future HD playout requirements.

SKY PerfecTV! required a smooth, cost-effective addition of a digital HDTV
channel, said Geoff Stedman, vice president of marketing for Omneon. The
Omneon Spectrum media server system offered the flexibility to get on air
quickly with a hybrid SD/HD environment, integrating perfectly with their
existing automation system.

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