WEIU Adjusts Quickly to New Demands with Expansion of NVerzion Automation/Archive

Modular NVerzion architecture ensures WEIU pays only for the upgrades they need, with zero downtime for installation or re-education

NVerzion, a 20-year provider of automation control, monitoring and integrated storage management solutions, announced WEIU-TV, a PBS affiliate on the Eastern Illinois University campus, has just completed the expansion of their existing NVerzion automation and nearline archive system to further expand their system's capabilities without purchasing unnecessary applications. The expansion was part of an entire station conversion and transition to High Definition completed on March 22nd.

WEIU-TV 51 aired its first broadcast in 1986, offering East Central Illinois local news, public affairs, as well as instructional programming. The station's award-winning TV News Watch is currently the only station in Central Illinois to produce LIVE local news in high definition. As the expansion became eminent, WEIU returned to NVerzion to assist with their new automation and archival requirements that would not only support their new HD content delivery requirements, but would economically provide expandable nearline access and archive of that HD content.

"We rely on Nverzion for both our automation and nearline archiving systems," said Kevin Armstrong, WEIU TV Chief Engineer. "Of course the systems are reliable, but when issues do arise, the needed support from NVerzion staff is always available and really good about addressing the issues in short order. The simplicity and power of being able to merge the archive system into the automation system and scale it to whatever is needed is a huge benefit. The inherent expandability allows us to take advantage of falling disc prices by adding more capacity when we need it most."

The new expansion order included a change-over from a single-channel Master Control and single-channel cuts-only (router output) transmission operations, to a new two-channel Master Control and single-channel cuts-only configuration. In transitioning to HD, the station also nearly doubled their nearline storage requirements. To support the upgrade, WEIU also purchased a new TeraStore 24/1500 Nearline Storage system.

"WEIU has been an NVerzion customer for several years and have expanded their system with us several times," said Reed Haslam, Director of Sales for NVerzion. "Inherently, this is the advantage of NVerzion's modular architecture; it's so simple to increase and expand the system's capabilities. There's no concern about purchasing a package with elements you can't use. You select the applications and tools you want according to your needs and budget."

About WEIU
WEIU TV is a PBS affiliate station licensed to Eastern Illinois University and transmits its 255 kilowatt digital signal on Channel 51.1 from our 492 foot tower located south and east of Humboldt, Illinois. Visit www.weiu.net or call: 1-877-727-9348

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