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CHUM Television first in Canada to install Sony's PetaSite Solution enables broadcaster to store content more cost- and space-effectively

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  • October 19, 2024

    by -- Sony of Canada

    TORONTO, Ontario - Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada's leading
    electronic and computer products solutions provider for
    consumers and business, today announced that its Broadcast
    Communication Solutions Group has sold the first SAIT PetaSite
    system in Canada to CHUM Television.

    The industry-leading Sony SAIT PetaSite systems deliver
    enterprise and digital content providers with native storage
    capacity from 30 TB (terabytes) to up to 1.5 PB (petabytes) in
    an automated solution that packs up to 250 TB of native capacity
    per square meter of floor space. The systems also feature a
    sustained transfer rate of up to 2.88 GB (gigabytes) per second
    (a standard file can be restored in just over one minute).

    The Sony SAIT PetaSite solution devised for CHUM features four
    SAIT-1 drives, an Ethernet hub, a terminal server and a PetaSite
    control unit. This basic entry system, encapsulated within a
    standard 19-inch rack console, is scalable to house up to 12
    drives and 216 cartridges for up to 108 TB of native capacity in
    a flexible and highly available configuration. In addition to
    the base console, CHUM has also added three cassette consoles,
    enabling its SAIT PetaSite to store more than 600 TB of digital
    content in a native capacity. Up to seven cartridge and/or drive
    consoles can be added to the basic system, which allows users to
    add up to 330 cartridges for 165 TB of extra native capacity,
    and the drive/cartridge consoles can house up to 12 additional
    drives and 258 additional cartridges, totaling nearly 135 TB of
    extra native capacity in each console.

    "We needed a solution that could effectively manage a
    continually increasing level of critical content today, but
    could also easily scale to meet our storage demands in the
    future," said Bruce Cowan, Director, Broadcast Technology, CHUM
    Television. "Sony's SAIT PetaSite system achieves these
    objectives - and does so cost effectively and space-efficiently,
    which are also key considerations at a television broadcast
    centre that operates in one of the most competitive markets in
    North America."

    "Citytv Toronto, a division of CHUM Television, broadcasts
    intensely local, urban-oriented and culturally diverse
    television in its signature interactive style - a style of
    programming that demands high content availability," said Anil
    Sethi, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Communication Solutions
    Group, Sony of Canada Ltd. "We are very fortunate to have been
    given the chance to work with Citytv and CHUM Television, a
    longstanding and highly-valued customer, to install the first of
    what will be many SAIT PetaSite systems solutions in Canada."

    About CHUM Television

    CHUM Television is a division of CHUM Limited (TSX: CHM/CHM.B,, one of Canada's leading media
    companies and content providers which owns and operates 32 radio
    stations, eight local television stations and 18 specialty
    channels. In addition to international channel licensing
    arrangements, CHUM's original content is seen in over 120
    countries worldwide and is distributed via new media platforms,
    including interactive television, wireless services and
    exclusive CHUM-branded Internet properties.

    About The Broadcast Communication Solutions Group

    The Broadcast Communication Solutions (BCS) Group is a division
    of Sony of Canada Ltd., headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. BCS
    Group markets and supports Sony's full range of broadcast,
    professional video and audio equipment, including high
    definition video, interactive and security applications for the
    broadcast, production, business, industry, government, medical
    and education sectors through a network of authorized systems

    About Sony of Canada Ltd.

    Established in 1955, Sony of Canada Ltd. is a wholly-owned
    subsidiary of Sony Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader
    in the manufacture and marketing of electronic and computer
    products for consumer, business, electronics publishing and
    multimedia applications on a global scale. With headquarters in
    Toronto, sales offices in Vancouver and Montreal and
    distribution centres in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Whitby,
    Ontario, approximately 1,100 employees support more than 70 Sony
    stores and a network of more than 3,000 authorized dealers
    across Canada.

    For further information, please visit us at,, or, Sony's
    product information and e-commerce Web site, or contact:

    John B. Challinor II APR Kim Cornofsky
    General Manager, Advertising Counsellor
    & Corporate Communications Technology Practice
    Sony of Canada Ltd. Silverhammer Public Relations
    (416) 495-3740 (416) 324-2024

    Barb Matheson
    CHUM Television
    (416) 591-7400, Ext. 2599

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