WEGENER Equipment to Support Live and File-Based Broadcasts of The Patient Channel and The Newborn Channel to Hospitals Worldwide
(March 5, 2009) – DULUTH, Georgia â€“ Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), a leading provider of equipment for television, audio, and data distribution networks worldwide, today announced that the NBC Digital Health Network, a New York based division of the iVillage Networks, recently upgraded its WEGENERÂ® CompelÂ® network control system and installed WEGENER MediaPlanÂ® content management software to expand file-based workflows and broadcasts. NBC Digital Health Network has been using United Service Source, Inc (USSI) as their integrator. USSI provides full-scale program management, installation, service, procurement, logistics, and technical support solutions. USSIâ€™s relationship with WEGENERÂ® allowed for a seamless upgrade to the new version and additional functionality of CompelÂ®.
CompelÂ® is used by NBC Digital Health Network to manage delivery of addressable digital high definition (HD) video and standard definition (SD) video via satellite and IP networks to over 2,200 hospitals nationwide, as well as additional hospitals around the world. The NBC Digital Health Network provides accurate, timely medical education to millions of patients during their hospital stay, through such 24/7 broadcast services as The Patient Channel and The Newborn Channel.
The Patient Channel empowers hospitals to help patients with information about managing their health and recovery. The programming is delivered in realtime via satellite to WEGENER UnityÂ® media receivers and fed live to all patient rooms and waiting areas via the hospitalâ€™s in-house cable television system.
The Newborn Channel offers programming on baby care, parenting and other maternity topics. It is delivered in a store-and-forward manner to WEGENER iPumpÂ® media servers, which run on the hospitalâ€™s cable system. The video plays out according to scheduled playlists as if it were a live channel.
The Newborn Channel and The Patient Channel are scheduled, managed, and delivered from the newly upgraded WEGENER network control system at NBC Digital Health Networkâ€™s broadcasting center in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
As a result of the network upgrade, the CompelÂ® system can now interface directly with the NBC Digital Health Networkâ€™s in-house traffic system which schedules content and localizes content to suit specific audience segments. And, the new MediaPlanÂ® content management solution offers a more efficient, improved file-based workflow for programming and advertising content.
â€œWeâ€™re extremely pleased to support the NBC Digital Health Network in its efforts to provide consumers with valuable information pertaining to their health and well-being,â€? said Ned L. Mountain, president and chief operating officer of WEGENER. â€œThe CompelÂ® upgrade and addition of content management streamlines the management of these 24/7 broadcast networks, adding full control over the scheduling and distribution of content to their UnityÂ® media receivers and iPumpÂ® media servers. This ultimately enables the NBC Digital Health Network to grow, reach, and serve a much larger global audience.â€?
â€œBy upgrading our Compel platform to Linux and adding MediaPlan Content Management, we have gained more efficient file-based management over the scheduling and distribution of our two channels from a single operations site,â€? said David Ross, Vice President of Hospital Business, for NBC Digital Health Network. â€œWeâ€™re also able to ensure the highest quality video experience for millions of patients and their families, with the potential to increase the number of localized ads, programs, and channel line-ups we offer.â€?
WEGENERÂ® (Wegener Communications, Inc.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), is an international provider of digital solutions for video, audio, and IP data networks. Applications include IP data delivery, broadcast television, cable television, radio networks, business television, distance education, business music and financial information distribution. CompelÂ®, WEGENER’s patented network control system, provides networks with unparalleled ability to regionalize programming and commercials. CompelÂ® network control capability is integrated into WEGENERÂ® digital satellite receivers.
WEGENERÂ® can be reached at (770) 814-4000 or at
USSI-Broadcast and Network Services (USSI-BNS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Service Source, Inc. (USSI). USSI-BNS has intimate knowledge and expertise in the management of satellite networks for over 25 years. We operate in a consultative capacity, carefully listening to the needs across the many disciplines of clients. Each project we undertake will commence with a solid, shared understanding of our clientsâ€™ goals and needs, both for the project at hand and for the long term. USSI-BNS will stay focused on your goals and requirements throughout the development and deployment process to ensure our work meets your expectations at every stage.
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About NBC Digital Health Network
The NBC Digital Health Network is a division of iVillage Networks, under NBC Universal, Inc., focusing on the multi-platform distribution of premium health video reaching millions of consumers. Utilizing the robust original, condition specific and healthy living videos created weekly across NBC to provide its distribution partners and its direct-to-consumer web portal, HealthVideo.com, with content that creates an informative viewing experience for the millions of users looking for health information. The Network also includes The Patient Channel, founded in 2002, which provides credible and trusted television programming in hospital rooms to patients and their families in over 1,600 hospitals across the country; and The Newborn Channel, founded in 1992, which produces baby care and postpartum programming for new parents in over 1,000 hospitals nationwide.