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09/09/2005

Geevs serves up 24/7 programming to Hungary's first private TV network Magyar ATV

Gee Broadcast has announced that Hungarian technology dealer, Somos Video Kft., has brokered the sale of Gee Broadcast’s Geevs servers to Magyar ATV, Hungary’s first private television network.
Two Geevs servers configured with one record and two play channels each have been supplied together with a central Sharknet NAS store and attached editing systems. The Geevs client-based control options provide automated playout, live studio inserts and archiving facilities. These critical requirements and the ability to integrate with their existing editing systems were key factors in ATV’s choice to purchase Geevs hardware and software.
“Our company objective is to fulfil our client’s individual expectations and Geevs answers all of ATV’s server specifications through its shared storage for the playout channels,” explained Mr Tibor Samarjai, Non-linear Field Service Engineer Somos Video. “It was essential for ATV to be able to make its playout system redundant, and Geevs provides a cost-effective redundant solution through its Autorun option. ATV was also impressed by the ease-of-use of the Live Shotbox for their news studio, the additional simplicity of EZ-edit, and the ability to output files from their four Avid ExpressDV Pro edit systems. Simply stated, the Geevs server is efficient, cost-effective – and most importantly, a user-friendly solution for this very busy network.”
Licensed as a partially public service commercial television station, Magyar ATV broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, reaching 1.3 million households within Hungary (AGB-Nielsen) with news/magazine formatted shows covering current affairs and public life, sports, cooking and music as well as interactive religious meetings and children’s programming.
Unique among Hungarian television channels, Magyar ATV emphasizes reporting on global events with a special focus on the EU, USA, China, Russia and the Middle East.
Through the Amos 1 satellite, unencrypted reception reaches across Eastern Europe and into the Middle East, providing viewing to Hungarians in Romania, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia and Austria. Magyar ATV may also be watched live on the Internet and regularly downloads premier broadcasts to their website archive at www.atv.hu. A select group of viewers also receive programming in Real AudioZ streaming through their mobile phones.
“Geevs servers have been designed with exactly this type of customer in mind,” said Gee Broadcast’s Managing Director, Keith Gee. “The hectic pace of broadcast programming demands flexible, reliable performance and affordability. Our tapeless solutions based around the Geevs server technologies are being well accepted in a variety of applications.
"We are very pleased in that working with Somos, we have been able to meet ATV’s needs.”
See Gee Broadcast Systems on stand no. 7.130 or visit www.geevs.co.uk
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