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Pathfire Announces Enhancements to Digital Media Gateway

Software Release Includes New Features And Desktop Access to More Content for Broadcasters (October 30, 2001)
Pathfire today released version 1.6 of its Digital Media Gateway, an application platform that allows broadcasters to manage, access, control and interact with many different types of digital content from their computer desktops. The Digital Media Gateway offers numerous benefits for content users as well as providers.

Building on the success of Pathfire's news-on-demand system, which NBC News Channel has used for two years, the Digital Media Gateway provides access to various types of content, including news, weather, sports, ads, features and stock footage, as well as syndicated and other long-form material. Content arrives automatically on Digital Media Gateway servers at broadcast stations, reducing the need to schedule or monitor satellite feeds and streamlining preparation of content by allowing desktop access through Pathfire's innovative store-and-forward application. The Digital Media Gateway platform includes specialized applications that meet the needs of both broadcast stations and content providers.


Upgrade to Pathfire's Software Offers Improvements
Through deployments with NBC and ABC, Pathfire now has servers in nearly half of all broadcast stations across the country. This summer, users of Pathfire's Digital Media Gateway received version 1.5 of the application platform. The latest upgrade, Digital Media Gateway version 1.6, was delivered this month. The upgrade includes enhancements to the network news feed, access to valuable industry information and the ability to receive content from other providers. Enhancements in version 1.6 make the interface easier and faster for users and improve station workflow efficiencies by streamlining the dubbing process. These changes are part of Pathfire's commitment to meeting the demands of hard news production for speed, simplicity and high quality.

"We've only had the Pathfire DMG system a short while, but already we're impressed with the capabilities of their hardware and software. The Pathfire automatic delivery model offers many efficiency advantages to the TV station," said David Kasperek, Director of Engineering and Broadcast Operations for WTAE TV, Pittsburgh, PA. "They've enabled our producers and writers to access, view, select and manipulate content from their desktops. This saves valuable time and lets the staff become more creative and productive."

Content from a Variety of Providers
In addition to NBC and ABC, many content providers have realized the benefits of Pathfire's store-and-forward technology for delivering content to multiple broadcast markets. Two of the newest providers to deliver content through the Digital Media Gateway in version 1.6 are Getty Images News Services and Image Bank Films as well as InterNetwork News (formerly INNX). Now broadcasters can access this content through the same desktop application they use for their network feed.

Industry Information
Pathfire has also added a new section called "Other Content" to the Digital Media Gateway. This resource will enable Digital Media Gateway users to access important product, service, content and industry information. Pathfire plans to deliver a variety of desktop videos and documents, including training, product updates, samples of new content, video from industry trade shows, product demos and presentations.

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Related Keywords:DTV Professional, Pathfire, Digital Media Gateway, application, broadcasters, manage, access, control, interact, different types of digital content, computer desktops, providers


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