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Dec 30, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Independent Film Channel plans a video-on-demand and subscription VOD service for cable operators starting in the first quarter of 2003. The service has been tested over the past year with its parent company, Cablevision. IFC on Demand will include films such as “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Happy Accidents” and “Business of Strangers.”
CBS News buys a NewsLink
CBS News has purchased a Norsat NewsLink for international “first on the scene” coverage of major world events. Newslink is a portable satellite terminal that allows for the transmission of broadcast-quality MPEG-2 video via over satellite. The satellite terminal will be deployed in early January. It can be ready to use within several minutes, Norsat said.
Omnibus equips TWC in Milwaukee
Time Warner’s Cable’s 24-hour news channel in Milwaukee, slated for a summer 2004 launch, has purchased more than $500,000 in equipment from Omnibus Systems to provide news automation, media and asset management and playout solutions. Sister station, NY1 News, was the first station to deploy this technology earlier this year. OmniBus interfaces with AP’s ENPS newsroom system and integrates the entire production process, including the ingest of raw material, desktop editing, media and asset management and playout.