Silver Spring, MD (August 1, 2005)–Discovery Communications, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer, has launched the state-of-the-art Discovery Television and Technology Center, the new home for the network origination for 13 of Discovery’s U.S. Networks and BBC America, encompassing a total of 17 network feeds.
The facility is a fusion of broadcast and information technology that enables the use of digital files paired with high-bandwidth data networking instead of video tapes for the storage and distribution of all programs, commercials, and other broadcast elements. “It is the technological mission of Discovery to create a completely tapeless production and network origination environment not only in the U.S. but also on a global scale,” said John Honeycutt, senior vice president, Television Operations Group.
“The next phase of this ‘Discovery Digital’ effort is to link our post-production facility in Silver Spring to the Discovery Television and Technology Center, allowing for transcoding and file transfer of high-resolution content directly from production to origination without the use of any physical media. This will be accomplished in early 2006 with Technology and Media Services’ own network infrastructure team.”
With system integration services provided by Ascent Media Systems & Technology Services, the true design and operational center of the facility is the glass-enclosed, circular master control area that can support any mixture of up to 64 channels of HD or SD programming. The facility boasts eight active media ingest/QC suites that can be grown to 10, a HD/SD-hybrid live events control room, two non-linear post-production suites and a transmission operations center (TOC).
The fully integrated, server-based venue also hosts a massive digital data archive and on-site physical media library. After the initial content ingest, the entire end-to-end workflow occurs in a tapeless manner employing five video servers that provide 2000 hours of online storage and a nearline tape archive that supports up to 90 petabytes of high-resolution content.
Discovery Communications, Inc.