FOX International Channels (Japan) to Use Interra's Baton® Content Verification Software

June 03, 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 Baton® 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 Baton® content readiness solution to FOX International Channels (Japan). We hope our Baton® 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 Baton®. We would like to support them to utilize Baton® 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.

Baton® 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. Baton® is highly flexible and can be quickly scaled for large facilities or high volume of content. As a hardware and O/S independent solution Baton® 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

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.

For more information on Interra, visit or visit Interra booth, SU, 1623 (South Upper Hall @ LVCC) in NAB 2009.

About IT Access
IT Access Co., Ltd. is a distributor of Interra System's digital media products in Japan. IT Access, an integrator of embedded system technology, was established in April 2000 cooperatively by INNOTECH CORPORATION, a semiconductor trading company and ACCESS Co., Ltd., a developer of an embedded browser, "NetFront". IT Access mainly provides various embedded software including Access's browser and WindRiver's real time OS, "VxWorks". IT Access is experienced in software-related engineering support for products development for digital appliance manufacturers in Japan.

For more information on IT Access, visit

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Anne Hohenberger
Tel: + 1 408 579 2005

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