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Tiso Blackstar TV Modernizes Operations with CloudNine Broadcast Video Server

Johannesburg, South Africa, July 28, 2017 --( NVerzion, a worldwide broadcast technology leader based in Salt Lake City, Utah, today announced the completion of a total redesign of Tiso Blackstar television’s automation and server equipment in Johannesburg.

NVerzion replaced their existing end of life video servers with CloudNine broadcast video servers. Business Day TV, a live production, as well as their lifestyle channels, Ignition TV and The Home Channel, now use NVerzion's trusted platform.

The stations utilize two NVerzion Automation workstations running 3 channels to air. The two multi-channel CloudNine video servers are running HD and PAL format SD. The station requires the ability to FTP in files from various external devices in several different file formats. The CloudNine video server receives and stores all files in their native format, eliminating the need for transcoding.

NVerzion divided the playouts on each CloudNine broadcast video server, so content will simultaneously roll on the other CloudNine server as a backup. NVerzion installed RAID N, and added a backup sub-directory to each CloudNine's storage. The advantage of RAID N is that it mirrors data in specific sub-directories instead of an entire drive, and that it will mirror data to many locations, including external file systems on other devices.

Each automation machine at Summit has its own NBase running. NBase is the core module of NVerzion’s automation software system. It provides a means to maintain a wide variety of media related metadata, and to share it with all applications running on the system. NBase uses an SQL database to ensure that all applications have up-to-date and metadata information. Since applications “register” with the system, any application running automatically notifies NBase whenever a modification is made. Then NBase automatically notifies the rest of the system applications.

Christo Bosman, chief engineer of Tiso Blackstar television said, “NVerzion's automation and video servers have already proven to be incredibly reliable and are saving capital and operating expenses, while still allowing us to deliver high quality television to South Africa.”

Ricardo Reddy, the assistant chief engineer added, “NVerzion delivers a highly refined but simple system with uncompromised performance and the flexibility to work with a variety of legacy equipment and multiple formats seamlessly.”

As television stations around the world strive to become more competitive through new equipment, cost savings, and increased performance; NVerzion continues to offer practical solutions, more reliability, and competitive prices without compromise.

About Tiso Blackstar: Tiso Blackstar Group is a global company with its roots in Africa, operating market-leading media, broadcast and retail marketing properties. The group has strong exposure to the rapidly growing digital, broadcast and mobile markets, with a leading position in South Africa and a broad footprint across Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. The company is South Africa’s largest national English publishing group, the second largest digital publisher, owns the largest music and independent film catalogues on the African continent and operates unique TV channels.

About NVerzion: NVerzion is uniquely positioned as one of the most enduring automation companies in the industry. NVerzion has been delivering quality products to the broadcasters for over 25 years Their goal is to provide products that improve on-air performance and reduce human error.

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