The All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) has purchased 27 DIVArchive CSM systems from Front Porch Digital, which will be installed for long-term storage in regional stations from Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean to Arkhangelsk on the Arctic Ocean, and from Tomsk in Siberia to Vladikavkaz in the Caucasus. This is part of VGTRK’s upgrading its more than 80 regional stations as a result of Russia’s transition to digital television broadcasting.
“As we modernize all of our stations and replace older equipment in every aspect of the operation, we’re putting LTO archives in place not only to ensure reliable long-term preservation of decades’ worth of content, but also to make the content easier to find and access,” said Ilya M. Lebedev, chief of TV section, regional resources department at VGTRK.”
With DIVArchive, each VGTRK station will be able to keep its various archived materials — currently stored on a combination of film, tapes, DVDs, and on various networks with specialized software — in one central repository with metadata that will make searching quick and convenient. VGTRK will install DIVArchive in a variety of facilities, from small regional stations to a large television complex in Moscow, for use in every aspect of the operation. The systems will integrate with VGTRK’s media asset management and newsroom automation systems, which will further accelerate the workflow.