FOX International Channels (Japan) to Use Interra's BatonTM Content Verification Software, June 4, 2009

CUPERTINO, Calif. & YOKOHAMA, Japan — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 4, 2009 Interra Systems, Inc., based in Cupertino, CA, and IT Access Co., Ltd. based in Yokohama, Japan are pleased to announce that FOX International Channels (Japan) has decided to use its automated content verification product BatonTM in its workflow.

FOX International Channels (Japan) selected BatonTM for its newly launched multi-channel HD/SD simulcasting system designed and integrated by FOX to enable completely tapeless workflow from production through broadcasting. Content quality verification is an important part of this advanced network broadcasting system. This HD/SD simulcasting system is designed to transfer content between FOX’s headquarters in Shibuya, Tokyo and its operation center located in Shinagawa, Tokyo.

“With our operation being completely tapeless from production through to playout, Baton plays a critical role for us ensuring that the files we create in production contain no data errors that would possible cause a playout failure. Baton being a software-based solution is a perfect match for our server based system design, greatly simplifying system maintenance and management by doing away with any specialized hardware devices," commented Nathane Banks, Senior Vice President of Broadcast Operations Department at FOX International Channels (Japan).

"We are delighted to license our BatonTM content readiness solution to FOX International Channels (Japan). We hope our BatonTM system and the wide range of audio, video & container formats it supports will help FOX International Channels (Japan) to fulfill their file based SD and HD simultaneous multi-channel broadcasting workflows," commented Ashish Basu, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Interra Systems, Inc.

"FOX International Channels (Japan), a major content provider has decided to use BatonTM. We would like to support them to utilize BatonTM effectively for their operation. We hope this deployment will create more demand for file-based content verification, in line with the recent trend in digitalization of content and the start of IP Broadcasting like NGN in Japan. With engagements like these, we are aiming to provide total solution required for digital content delivery service," commented Yosuke Kaburagi, President and CEO of IT Access Co., Ltd.

BatonTM is an automated content verification system for file-based SD, HD, and mixed workflows. Supporting multiple codecs and media containers, Baton ensures quality control of media content before playout. BatonTM is highly flexible and can be quickly scaled for large facilities or high volume of content. As a hardware and O/S independent solution BatonTM can be easily integrated in a facilities' existing infrastructure. Baton's support for parallel processing enables convenient handling of increased verification load.

About FOX International Channels (Japan)

In addition to operating the renowned Fox and National Geographic Channel, Fox International Channels (Japan) also offers the 24-hour suspense drama channel FOXCRIME, female-oriented entertainment channel Fox Life, English children's programming Baby TV, and finally the movie channel for movie fans, Fox Movies.

Fox International Channels are at the forefront of modern entertainment, delivering premium entertainment content through a range of technologies and exploring new ways to reach audiences, including innovations in distribution channels such as pay-tv and digital delivery.

FOX International Channels (Japan) is part of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS - News, NWS.A - News; ASX: NWS - News, NWSLV - News).

For more information on FOX International Channels (Japan), visit or contact;

FOX International Channels (Japan)
PR Manager Sachiko Nakayama

TEL : +81-3-5469-6545/FAX : +81-3-5469-6566

E-mail : Email Contact


About Interra Systems (

Interra Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of design solutions and tools for the acceleration of Digital Media creation and distribution. Interra's portfolio includes tools for Digital Media Test & Measurement, Content Verification, Memory Design, and EDA front-ends.

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