Discovery Television and Technology Center Bows

8/01/2005 7:48 AM Eastern

Discovery Communications Inc. Monday announced the launch of the state-of-the-art Discovery Television and Technology Center.

The new home for the network origination for 13 Discovery Networks U.S. services and BBC America, encompassing a total of 17 network feeds, is located in Sterling, Va.

The digital, file-based, HD-ready, owned-and-operated playout facility, which began broadcasting Monday, allows DCI to provide “the highest-quality viewing experience,” the programmer said.

“It is the technological mission of Discovery to create a completely tapeless production and network-origination environment not only in the United States, but also on a global scale,” DCI television-operations group senior vice president John Honeycutt said in a prepared statement.

“The Discovery Television and Technology Center is an integral component of that vision,” he added. “The next phase of this ‘Discovery Digital’ effort is to link our post-production facility in Silver Spring [Md.] to the Discovery Television and Technology Center, allowing for transcoding and file transfer of high-resolution content directly from production to origination without the use of any physical media.”

He continued, “This will be accomplished in early 2006 with technology and media services’ own network-infrastructure team. The blend of the two organizations has been a tremendous step in Discovery’s global effort to keep pace with the ongoing, rapid technological evolution.”

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