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Companies Collaborate on Digital Video Archive Solution

StorageTek(R) announced this week at NAB 2001 its alliance with ManagedStorage International and Front Porch Digital Inc. for the production of an end-to-end digital video archive solution that enables high-quality, low-cost digitization and storage of analog videos.

The companies said the digital video archive solution will give customers heightened capabilities to manage their video assets with fewer resources. They claim the affordable archive and digitization of analog videos helps to accelerate development life cycles and reduce development costs of new or repurposed content, diminish media decay and open new revenue channels through the video for fee-based services. The solution is expected to boost broadcast stations' ability to meet the 2006 deadline set by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for producing and broadcasting digitally.

The digital video archive solution consists of StorageTek disk storage and automated tape solutions, ManagedStorage International's DIVA storage management software and Front Porch Digital's proprietary, software-based real-time encoding and transcoding technology. The combined, "one-stop" solution promises to provides users with features ranging from the integration and application- transparent use of storage, management and distribution capabilities to on- demand real-time transcoding to multiple formats using only a single capture of content. Among the customers the companies are targeting are users in the entertainment, broadcasting, cable and broadband Internet areas.