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FORMAT INDEPENDENCE WINS PBS CONTRACT FOR ODETICS BROADCAST

 ANAHEIM, Calif., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Odetics (AMEX: OA & OB) today announced that The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) purchased three of its TCS90 Cart Machines. The TCS90 Cart Machine is a library management system used by television broadcast and cable operations to store and televise spots and programming stored on video tape.
 According to PBS, format independence was the overriding reason for its selection of the Odetics system. Format independence refers to a tape library management system's compatibility with any popular video tape recorder format. Rapid developments in video tape recorder formats are making this an important feature. Odetics Cart Machines are the only library management systems that meet this criteria.
 "In the long term, there will be new formats that will be attractive to us," said Lionel Hightower, associate director of audio/video systems engineering. "Only Odetics gives us the flexibility to change formats without changing libraries."
 The cart machines are being installed at the broadcasting service's headquarters in Alexandria, Va., where they will be used to originate all national programming. Each cart machine will originate multiple channels.
 The project is part of PBS' development of a new all-digital facility that will provide may new channels including new satellite programming and educational cable services. "Obviously, the cart machines are a large component of the whole facility," said Hightower. "With our new equipment, we can originate a number of additional feeds with our existing staff."
 PBS is a private, non-profit corporation whose members are the nation's public television stations. Founded in 1969, PBS provides quality television programming and related services to 341 non- commercial stations serving the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and Samoa.
 Odetics manufactures the widest range of automated tape libraries for broadcast and computer applications. Odetics Broadcast is credited with developing the first robotic large library management system for the television broadcast industry, and the first highly integrated cart machine that automates numerous functions for up to eight channel playouts.
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 /CONTACT: Holly Barnett, media relations, 714-774-5000, or Bill Keegan, sales inquiries, 800-243-2001, both of Odetics/
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