Starz Entertainment wins Broadcast Engineering’s ‘Network Automation’ award with Miranda’s iTX automated playout

Montreal, Canada, 2011-03-23

Starz Entertainment has been named as the winner of the Network Automation category in the Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards. Starz is recognised for the successful migration of its entire automation and playback operation to a file-based workflow, using Miranda’s iTX IT-based automated playout.

“We've achieved so much with iTX, including a much higher level of redundancy for our playout chains, as well as reducing the hardware footprint and error potential across our operations”, says Ray Milius, Senior Vice-President of Programming Operations for Starz Entertainment. “It’s fantastic that our vision for a true file-based workflow has been realized, and our achievements acknowledged with this award”.

“The development of a ground-breaking product such as iTX relies on the efforts and dedication of a great number of people, so it is particularly rewarding to see those efforts recognized with this award,” adds Ian Fletcher, Chief Technology Officer - Workflow and Playout at Miranda. “Early adopter customers are critical to the success of any innovative product and Starz has been a visionary partner of ours for many years. With the adoption of iTX, Starz has provided a perfect showcase for a software-based transmission platform that can meet the complex requirements of any large-scale, multi-channel operation.”

The iTX platform runs on enterprise grade IT servers and storage, with a single 1RU Output Server providing fully integrated video/audio and graphics playout plus signal processing for a single channel. This highly streamlined design has enabled Starz to reduce its channel playback infrastructure from 44 racks to just 16, for all of its 44 richly branded HD/SD channels. The system simplification has also reduced energy costs, and minimized maintenance and the potential for equipment failure.

Miranda’s iTX is a software-based television production and transmission solution, which allows broadcasters and media operators to unify and streamline ingest, media management, workflow organization, schedule management, automation, master control and playout for multi-format television. By handling all stages of the production and delivery process under a consistent user environment, the iTX system delivers unprecedented increases in efficiency, scalability and speed of response for media businesses.
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About Miranda
Miranda Technologies Inc (TSX: MT) is a worldwide provider of infrastructure, playout and monitoring systems for the television broadcast and cable, satellite, and IPTV industry. Its solutions enable and enhance the transition to a multi-channel digital and HD broadcast environment. With this equipment, customers can generate additional revenue while reducing their costs through more efficient distribution and management of their content. In September 2010, Miranda acquired OmniBus Systems Limited, the Loughborough UK-based pioneer of IT-based media management and delivery solutions for television and Internet broadcasters. Miranda employs approximately 660 people at its Montreal headquarters and in its facilities located in Wallingford and Loughborough (UK), Denver (Colorado, USA), Grass Valley (California, USA), Paris (France), Tokyo (Japan), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Beijing (China) and Hong Kong. Miranda is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.miranda.com.

About Starz
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 18.2 million and 32.8 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group.