Turner Studios Purchases Abekas 6000 MultiFlex DTV Server

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Accom, Inc.

    MENLO PARK, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Accom(R) (OTC Bulletin Board:  
 ACMM), a leader in broadcast and professional video products, announced today
 that Turner Studios has purchased the Accom Abekas(R) 6000 MultiFlex(TM) DTV
 Server for use in its main control room for live play to air applications.
     William Chapman, Vice-President, Turner Studios commented:  "After our
 very positive experiences with the Abekas 6000 at Wimbledon and the Goodwill
 Games, it became apparent that the Abekas 6000 was the production server of
 choice for Turner Studios. Reliability is an important factor in live
 environments. The redundant systems built into the Abekas 6000 gives us the
 confidence to fully use the capabilities without worrying about a back-up
 plan."
     Turner Studios is using the system simultaneously to serve on-air graphics
 to a live studio, provide pre-programmed transition elements during the show,
 and feed live material to the graphics artists to create a sizzling finished
 production. With eight channels and 13+ hours of storage at DV25, seven hours
 of storage at DV50 and two control panels for individual operators, the Abekas
 6000 provides a multifunctional resource at the heart of Turner Studios
 operations. "The Abekas 6000 gives us the ability to interface and program
 multi-channel effects in a live show providing us more flexibility and
 sophistication in content and style," said Chapman.
     "The multi-use capability of the Abekas 6000 allows us to combine the use
 of several graphics, disk and tape based devices into one system, and
 integrate the entire playback in a clip-based operation," continued Chapman.
 The Technical Director (TD) can recall selections instantly from a library of
 clips, each incorporating video + key + audio by means of a unique Clip ID. In
 addition, the TD can incorporate any late-breaking items while on-air, by
 recording items from a production graphics room via a router to the Abekas
 6000 and then playing video + key to air via a DNF switcher.
     "We tested other servers on the market, and the Abekas 6000 won hands
 down. It is the fastest way to cue and play multiple clips via switcher
 control. In addition, I have always enjoyed our relationship with Accom. They
 listen to our specific needs and respond with solutions and improvements to
 both the product and our application," concluded William Chapman.
 
     About the Abekas 6000
     The Abekas 6000 MultiFlex DTV Server is one of the latest digital disk
 recording systems from Accom, designed for mission-critical on-air broadcast
 operations. The Abekas 6000 represents a new generation of broadcast
 television servers and is designed for multiple applications. It features
 DVCPRO and MPEG-2 compression with user-selectable bit rates of either 25Mb/s
 or 50Mb/s, can be configured with 2, 4, 6, or 8 digital video I/O channels,
 and offers 130+ hours of local RAID-5 disk storage in a single server. By
 employing an optional fibre channel network, up to 32 stand-alone Abekas 6000
 servers can be linked into a single enterprise server system.
     Unique to the Abekas 6000 is a VTR-style hardware control panel that's
 used for all server operations -- and which completely eliminates the need for
 a WinPC, VGA display and mouse typical of most video server systems. In
 addition, each I/O channel can be independently controlled via external
 station automation using Louth, Odetics or Sony protocol -- or by using the
 Abekas 6000 native Ethernet API. A future-proof, modular architecture
 separates video and networking I/O from the ultra high-bandwidth disk
 recording system, allowing a multitude of custom combinations of storage, I/O,
 and control from a few standard system components.
     The Abekas 6000 video server also features many "ready to go" built-in
 applications, such as List Play, Time Delay and VTR ingest -- all controlled
 from the user friendly and easy to understand hardware control panel. Accom's
 "clip-based" recording format greatly simplifies manual recall-to-air
 operations, makes it easy to exchange material between networked systems, and
 allows I/O channels to be simply "paired" for straightforward "video+key"
 recording and playout.
 
     About Accom
     Accom is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Accom designs,
 manufactures, sells, and supports a complete line of digital video production,
 disk recording, and editing tools for use in the worldwide professional
 television marketplace -- encompassing the production, post production,
 broadcasting, and computer video markets.
     For more information, visit the Accom web site at www.accom.com.
     Special Note:  This press release contains forward-looking statements
 based upon current expectations or beliefs as well as a number of assumptions
 about future events, and that are subject to factors and uncertainties that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the
 forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance
 on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future
 performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors,
 many of which are outside the control of Accom. The forward-looking statements
 in this release address several subjects including, for example, the product
 offerings of the company, the expected success and customer acceptance of the
 Company's products, the expected revenue and profitability of the company, and
 the ability to serve customer needs in the future. The following factors,
 among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 described in these forward-looking statements:  increased competition and
 technological changes in the industry in which Accom competes; the risk that
 the Company's new products will not be released on a timely basis or will not
 achieve market acceptance, and the risk that the Company will not return to
 profitable growth. For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary
 statements, please refer to Accom's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999, including the
 section entitled "Additional Factors That May Affect Future Results." The 10-K
 report is available by calling Accom at 650-328-3818 or by accessing Accom's
 EDGAR filings on the SEC home page on the Internet at
 http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/srch-edgar?accom .
     NOTE:  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Accom, Inc.
    MENLO PARK, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Accom(R) (OTC Bulletin Board:  
 ACMM), a leader in broadcast and professional video products, announced today
 that Turner Studios has purchased the Accom Abekas(R) 6000 MultiFlex(TM) DTV
 Server for use in its main control room for live play to air applications.
     William Chapman, Vice-President, Turner Studios commented:  "After our
 very positive experiences with the Abekas 6000 at Wimbledon and the Goodwill
 Games, it became apparent that the Abekas 6000 was the production server of
 choice for Turner Studios. Reliability is an important factor in live
 environments. The redundant systems built into the Abekas 6000 gives us the
 confidence to fully use the capabilities without worrying about a back-up
 plan."
     Turner Studios is using the system simultaneously to serve on-air graphics
 to a live studio, provide pre-programmed transition elements during the show,
 and feed live material to the graphics artists to create a sizzling finished
 production. With eight channels and 13+ hours of storage at DV25, seven hours
 of storage at DV50 and two control panels for individual operators, the Abekas
 6000 provides a multifunctional resource at the heart of Turner Studios
 operations. "The Abekas 6000 gives us the ability to interface and program
 multi-channel effects in a live show providing us more flexibility and
 sophistication in content and style," said Chapman.
     "The multi-use capability of the Abekas 6000 allows us to combine the use
 of several graphics, disk and tape based devices into one system, and
 integrate the entire playback in a clip-based operation," continued Chapman.
 The Technical Director (TD) can recall selections instantly from a library of
 clips, each incorporating video + key + audio by means of a unique Clip ID. In
 addition, the TD can incorporate any late-breaking items while on-air, by
 recording items from a production graphics room via a router to the Abekas
 6000 and then playing video + key to air via a DNF switcher.
     "We tested other servers on the market, and the Abekas 6000 won hands
 down. It is the fastest way to cue and play multiple clips via switcher
 control. In addition, I have always enjoyed our relationship with Accom. They
 listen to our specific needs and respond with solutions and improvements to
 both the product and our application," concluded William Chapman.
 
     About the Abekas 6000
     The Abekas 6000 MultiFlex DTV Server is one of the latest digital disk
 recording systems from Accom, designed for mission-critical on-air broadcast
 operations. The Abekas 6000 represents a new generation of broadcast
 television servers and is designed for multiple applications. It features
 DVCPRO and MPEG-2 compression with user-selectable bit rates of either 25Mb/s
 or 50Mb/s, can be configured with 2, 4, 6, or 8 digital video I/O channels,
 and offers 130+ hours of local RAID-5 disk storage in a single server. By
 employing an optional fibre channel network, up to 32 stand-alone Abekas 6000
 servers can be linked into a single enterprise server system.
     Unique to the Abekas 6000 is a VTR-style hardware control panel that's
 used for all server operations -- and which completely eliminates the need for
 a WinPC, VGA display and mouse typical of most video server systems. In
 addition, each I/O channel can be independently controlled via external
 station automation using Louth, Odetics or Sony protocol -- or by using the
 Abekas 6000 native Ethernet API. A future-proof, modular architecture
 separates video and networking I/O from the ultra high-bandwidth disk
 recording system, allowing a multitude of custom combinations of storage, I/O,
 and control from a few standard system components.
     The Abekas 6000 video server also features many "ready to go" built-in
 applications, such as List Play, Time Delay and VTR ingest -- all controlled
 from the user friendly and easy to understand hardware control panel. Accom's
 "clip-based" recording format greatly simplifies manual recall-to-air
 operations, makes it easy to exchange material between networked systems, and
 allows I/O channels to be simply "paired" for straightforward "video+key"
 recording and playout.
 
     About Accom
     Accom is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Accom designs,
 manufactures, sells, and supports a complete line of digital video production,
 disk recording, and editing tools for use in the worldwide professional
 television marketplace -- encompassing the production, post production,
 broadcasting, and computer video markets.
     For more information, visit the Accom web site at www.accom.com.
     Special Note:  This press release contains forward-looking statements
 based upon current expectations or beliefs as well as a number of assumptions
 about future events, and that are subject to factors and uncertainties that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the
 forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance
 on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future
 performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors,
 many of which are outside the control of Accom. The forward-looking statements
 in this release address several subjects including, for example, the product
 offerings of the company, the expected success and customer acceptance of the
 Company's products, the expected revenue and profitability of the company, and
 the ability to serve customer needs in the future. The following factors,
 among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 described in these forward-looking statements:  increased competition and
 technological changes in the industry in which Accom competes; the risk that
 the Company's new products will not be released on a timely basis or will not
 achieve market acceptance, and the risk that the Company will not return to
 profitable growth. For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary
 statements, please refer to Accom's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999, including the
 section entitled "Additional Factors That May Affect Future Results." The 10-K
 report is available by calling Accom at 650-328-3818 or by accessing Accom's
 EDGAR filings on the SEC home page on the Internet at
 http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/srch-edgar?accom .
     NOTE:  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Accom, Inc.