Discovery Communications has upgraded its Front Porch Digital DIVArchive content storage management (CSM) system, one of the largest in the world, with the addition of DIVAdirector. Installed at Discovery’s Television and Technology Center in Sterling, VA, which performs playout for all 13 Discovery networks in the United States, DIVArchive serves content for 24 program feeds in both SD and HD. Discovery’s networks archive 80 to 100 hours of programming each day, maintaining between 15,000 and 20,000 hours in storage.

DIVAdirector is a browser-based, distributed application that enables users at desktops to browse and retrieve digitized video content according to ID numbers or customized metadata fields, and to view content frame by frame with a built-in Windows Media Player. Discovery uses DIVAdirector primarily for double-checking commercials and promos. DIVAdirector can be added to any Front Porch Digital DIVArchive or DIVAworks system.

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