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With two System 5 consoles running its shows, Russia’s largest broadcaster deems the pair “irreplaceable” for production.

Channel One Doubles Up on System 5

Russia’s Largest Broadcaster Installs two Broadcast Consoles
PALO ALTO, CA- September 24, 2008

Avid announced today that Channel One, Russia's largest television network, has installed two System 5-B digital audio mixing systems in their new state-of-the-art broadcast complex located in the Ostankino Television Technical Centre in Moscow.

The broadcast facility is comprised of two identical studios featuring matching 56 fader, 130-channel System 5-B in their fully redundant form with Modular I/O racks. Each news studio shares a common main studio to accommodate a large number of outside sources feeding in from the various regions of the country as well as internationally.

Channel One is accepted as Russia's most popular television channel that reaches a remarkable 98.8% of Russia's population, covering four time zones with 65 hours of news programs per week. Broadcasting since 1995, Channel One offers a diverse array of programming, including news, documentaries, talk shows, feature films, game shows, and sports.

"After much high-level research Channel One selected the System-5B for the new complex because we feel it illustrates the technological sophistication of our facility," Anton Philippov, Director Deputy of Information Services Channel One. "We chose the System-5B because of its intuitive control surface, direct access to signal adjustment parameters and ease of operation. Moreover the 100% redundancy of the DSP and router system makes the console irreplaceable for Channel One's production needs."

 The 100% redundancy of the DSP and router system makes the console irreplaceable for Channel One's production needs
Anton Philippov, Director Deputy of Information Services Channel One

The System 5-B is specifically designed with the high-end broadcaster in mind, its DF66 DSP SuperCore offers a failsafe system that ensures seamless streaming audio in the event of a disruption. Lightweight and compact, the DF66 is the primary signal-processing engine and router for System 5 and is comprised of a system board and up to six plug-in DSP cards. From live broadcasts to TV production, Avid has a range of flexible and modular digital audio mixing solutions, from 32 to over 400 channels that can be tailored to exactly meet the needs of any broadcast facility.

"We are exceptionally proud to be selected as the main console supplier for Channel One, Russia's premiere television broadcaster, as they make this historic leap from analogue to digital. Their Avid-equipped studios are state-of-the-art by any standard and have piqued the interest of other broadcasters throughout Russia and the surrounding area," said Chris Hollebone.

The new Channel One news facility opened in March 2008 and features advanced server technology with equipment from the world's leading television equipment manufacturers such as: Thomson, EVS, and Hewlett-Packard. Spearheading the transition of the renovated news facilities was Okno TV. A leader in systems integration and the biggest supplier in the professional television, film and broadcast equipment market in Russia, Okno TV was able to design a migration plan that digitalized the entire news production process and built a highly efficient, seamless digital workflow.