STORAGE Technology Corp has announced that it will participate in Hewlett-Packard's Broadcast Strategic Partners Programme, a technology and marketing collaboration. Under the participation agreement StorageTek's MediaVault video storage and retrieval unit will become part of a complete, fully integrated broadcast video server solution from Hewlett-Packard. The MediaVault, introduced in April, is part of StorageTek's Nearline family of robotic cartridge handling systems. StorageTek, represented in Hong Kong by COL Ltd, already has relationships with a number of major broadcast industry vendors. MediaVault is a digital video storage and retrieval unit that holds approximately 416 hours of uncompressed video. The unit is composed of a robotic cartridge library system and helical-scan tape cartridges. MediaVault can be expanded by adding additional robotic libraries to increase its storage capacity. Up to 25,000 movie titles can be stored on a MediaVault system when MPEG-2 compression is used. In three to four minutes, a two-hour compressed movie can be retrieved by a system with MediaVault. With a four drive configuration per library, up to 60 movies can be transferred to network servers each hour. 'This provides a commercial video-on-demand network with a reliable central archival database. Even with the emerging high definition television format (HDTV) up to 5,000 titles can be stored on a MediaVault system,' said Dennis Persson, Marketing Manager for StorageTek solutions at COL.