Sky Australia Expands OmniBus Systems iTX Installation for Sky Racing's Multi-Channel, Multi-Format Service

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OmniBus Systems, the award-winning provider of comprehensive broadcast automation, today announced that Sky Racing in Australia has further expanded its OmniBus iTX multi-platform transmission system with the addition of new international channels, bringing the total iTX channel count at Sky Channel in Sydney to nine. Sky Channel Australia first went live on March 16, 2010 with an iTX system configured for an initial four television channels, one online and two mobile TV channels.

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"With our iTX core framework and initial channels in place and on air, the addition of new channels to the iTX modular architecture is very quick and simple," said Carl Petch, Sky Racing chief engineer. "We sourced the hardware locally from HP, and this makes the speed and efficiency of adding new full-function channels to the iTX system dramatically quicker than using legacy video server technology."

Sky's iTX installation is configured with the iTX GFX real-time 3-D graphics module, chosen for the television channels to allow the generation of complex, up-to-the-minute graphics in live coverage for a variety of programming including racing coverage.

"Working closely with our partners Quinto Communications and leveraging the highly scalable nature of iTX, we are delighted to see the early expansion of the first iTX system in Australia and are looking forward to continued success for iTX in Australia in 2010," said Fintan McKiernan, regional manager for APAC at OmniBus Systems.

OmniBus iTX is the next-generation solution that makes the conventional broadcast automation, master control and playout chain obsolete. Combining and exceeding all the functions of a conventional chain in a single, integrated suite of software applications, iTX is flexible, open and feature-rich, and offers a significantly more configurable and responsive end-to-end solution for a wide range of operating environments. With market-beating support for SD and HD formats, and exceptional ability to integrate with third-party systems, iTX delivers the most powerful solution available while significantly reducing the investment required to launch and operate high-quality channels in broadcast, IPTV, mobile TV, disaster recovery and business continuity applications.

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About Quinto Communications

Quinto Communications is one of Australia and New Zealand's leading suppliers of broadcast products and solutions to the broadcast, post-production, government, corporate and telco market sectors. Having been established for more than 25 years, with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, Quinto represents some of the world's leading and most respected broadcast equipment manufacturers and has a team of dedicated professionals that offer customers leading-edge technology and unparalleled quality local customer support. More information is available at

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About Sky Racing

Sky Racing is Australia's number one racing network and a world leader in multi-venue race broadcasting, telecasting more than 65,000 races each year. Sky is currently broadcast to 2.2 million Australian homes, more than 5,000 commercial venues, and is seen in 30 countries around the globe via satellite, cable, mobile TV and the Internet. Sky Racing provides up to 17 hours of live thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing coverage each day. In addition, in-depth form previews and reviews are telecast, as well as racing and sports betting programming. Sky Racing is owned by Tabcorp — Australia's premier gambling and entertainment group.

About OmniBus Systems

OmniBus Systems provides broadcasting, cable and satellite organizations with comprehensive automation and media content management solutions that address every area of television related operations. Its newsroom, content and workflow automation solutions include acquisition and recording of rich media material, low-resolution editing, media asset management and playout. OmniBus is a global company with headquarters in the United Kingdom and the United States and support offices in Malaysia and Singapore. More information is available at

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