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Fox fuels Nat Geo Music launch with Gorilla Broadcast Tapeless Solutions

2007/09/07

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Gorilla Science & Technology, the world leader in Broadcast Tapeless solutions, today announced that Fox Channels Italy has chosen Gorilla as a turnkey solution provider of integrated video ingest, open technology production, asset management and collaboration, archiving, and playout for its affiliate National Geographic Channels International’s brand new channel – Nat Geo Music – launch this October 15th.

The 24-hour channel will be broadcast in Italy on the Sky Platform to more than 4.2 million subscribers and will feature top artists from international as well as local repertoires. Nat Geo Music’s major label partners include EMI Arabia, Warner Music Latin America, Sony/BMG Italy and Universal Italy.

As the backend, a Tapeless broadcast project fuels the ground workflow, conducted by Fox Channels Italy with Gorilla Technology Tapeless solution.

The project timeline is two months only. The Gorilla Tapeless solution provides ingest of video feeds, as well as provides desktop collaboration in open technology environment with both Apple and Avid NLE production systems. The Gorilla MAM is also layered on the tapeless workflow and infrastructure, incorporating with Music Master, the leader of music-oriented playlist system from German, for playout video essence pre-view and pre-select on a web-based interface, before them automated pulled out from EMC CLARiiON archiving storage to video server. Besides, Gorilla provides two-algorithm embedded system to analyze program and music video content and metadata.

“At the beginning, we adopted Gorilla’s chic solution for production and media asset management. In time we realized its listed modularized Tapeless solutions and efficient services, are also necessary to our new channel launch, so we have extended the project line,” said Julio Sobral, Vice President Operations, Fox Channels Italy. “We had our roadmap already for better production process, asset management and playout service. As our workflows and channels evolve, we use more and more of Gorilla’s potential.”

“The key value here is the open architecture offering of Gorilla enables our customer to move to a Tapeless workflow with a more open environment at one time,” said Dr. Spincer Koh, Group CEO, Gorilla Science & Technology. “It is only the beginning. What the latest technological advancements installed here takes our customer to a whole new level of scalability so as to optimize Tapeless workflows across its entire broadcast facilities globally.”

The Tapeless broadcast operation gives Nat Geo Music the ability to have fast, quantitative and qualitative programs playout. Following the launch in Italy, further expansion of Nat Geo Music is expected globally, with more services.

About Fox Channels Italy

A division of the Fox Entertainment Group, Fox Channels Italy is a company dedicated to the development and management of thematic pay television channels. The company's headquarters are in Rome and its main mission is to develop quality channel brands by combining the best international television products and the most innovative local productions. The group today offers the Italian public 10 satellite television channels, currently distributed in over more than 4.2 million homes on SKY Italia. Its channel bouquet includes eight standard definition channels (FOX, FoxLife, FoxCrime, FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Adventure, History Channel and Cult), two high definition channels (Next HD and National Geographic Channel HD), and two mobile DVB-H channels (FoxOne and FX Mobile). Two new standard definition channel - Nat Geo Music, Nat Geo Wild – will be launching on the Sky Italy platform in October 2007.

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