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Touching all the bases: NESN chooses The Switch for delivery of high demand live TV content and future 4K HDR telecasts Posted: 17/09/2020
Touching all the bases: NESN chooses The Switch for delivery of high demand live TV content and future 4K HDR telecasts

The Switch, a leading provider of production services and global delivery of live video, announces that it was recently chosen by NESN (New England Sports Network), one of the preeminent regional sports networks (RSNs) in the US, to deliver next-generation IP infrastructure and content delivery services. NESN tapped The Switch’s high-performance hybrid fiber/internet network to replace its existing satellite distribution platform.

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Straight to Japan: The Switch delivers Major League Baseball, PGA Golf and WWE wrestling for J SPORTS Posted: 15/09/2020
Straight to Japan: The Switch delivers Major League Baseball, PGA Golf and WWE wrestling for J SPORTS

The Switch, a leading provider of production services and global delivery of live video, announces that it has been chosen by J SPORTS, Japan’s largest sports broadcaster, to deliver live telecasts of major US sports directly from American stadiums and arenas to Japanese screens. The Switch, which is working with J SPORTS for the first time, has installed a permanent transmit path from its New York Network Operations Center (NOC) to the broadcaster’s Tokyo facility to bring all the anticipation and action of Major League Baseball, PGA golf and WWE wrestling to Japanese fans.

Tags: broadcasting | sports | Japan | Jsports | MLB | PGA | WWE | the switch | transmission
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PSSI provides remote production support for Democratic National Convention Posted: 25/08/2020
PSSI provides remote production support for Democratic National Convention

With COVID-19 in the mix, this year’s Democratic National Convention brought a variety of new transmission and production challenges. To help deliver this historic event to viewers across the country, PSSI Global Services leveraged multiple modes of transmission to deliver hours of live remote content in and out of the production hub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tags: Democratic National Convention | satellite transmission | remote production | live television | uplinks | encoding | decoding
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Intinor Brings German Literature Prize Direkt to the People Posted: 25/06/2020
Intinor Brings German Literature Prize Direkt to the People

Intinor, Sweden’s leading developer of products and solutions for high-quality video over public internet, today announced that the Festival of German-Language Literature was streamed live using Intinor’s solution for remote production in an unusual way.

The annual festival normally takes place in Klagenfurt, Austria, and culminates in the awarding of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, one of Germany’s most prestigious awards for literature.

 

Tags: Intinor | remote production | Remotion Media Productions and Services | Intinor Direkt Link Encoder | live channels | routing | master control | Direkt Router Rack | Transmission | BRT | Bifrost Reliable Transport | redundancy | network bonding | LAN | 4G
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PSSI breaks new ground to bring Top Rank boxing back to international viewers Posted: 11/06/2020
PSSI breaks new ground to bring Top Rank boxing back to international viewers

Top Rank has returned to television screens for the first time since the pandemic began, and to meet the challenges of live broadcasting in the world of COVID-19, the boxing promoter enlisted the help of PSSI Global Services. PSSI is providing a full complement of traditional and IP-based transmission services for Top Rank’s series of live fights from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and has accomplished several industry firsts in the process.

To facilitate a seamless broadcast despite the obstacles created by COVID-19, PSSI is providing both on-site engineering services and off-site monitoring and management. The company is leveraging Nextologies equipment to deliver the primary pathways via IP transport.

This collaboration between PSSI and Top Rank marks not only the first all-IP origination for a major boxing event, but also the first IP live international distribution to several countries. To help minimize the overall on-site presence of talent and staff, PSSI, in close partnership with Nextologies, also engineered a solution to integrate ringside commentary remotely over a customized IP network.

 

Tags: Top Rank | IP | transmission services | live television | broadcasting | international television distribution | remote ringside commentary | PSSI | Nextologies
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Transmission Provider VISTA Worldlink Migrates Customer Asset Archive to Primestream Xchange MAM in the Cloud Posted: 04/06/2020
Transmission Provider VISTA Worldlink Migrates Customer Asset Archive to Primestream Xchange MAM in the Cloud

Primestream, a leading provider of asset management and automation software solutions for media production, today announced that VISTA Worldlink has migrated its content and media asset management (MAM) service offering to the Primestream Xchange MAM platform hosted in the cloud. VISTA Worldlink, a global provider of satellite provisioning, transmission, and production services, chose Xchange to give its customers more immediate and flexible online access to their archived media assets.

Tags: Primestream | VISTA WorldLink | Xchange | Cloud | Transmission
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PSSI leverages C-band spectrum to engineer challenging transmission of The Match II Posted: 01/06/2020
PSSI leverages C-band spectrum to engineer challenging transmission of and lsquo;The Match II and rsquo;

With rainy weather all day and no fiber availability on-site, “The Match II” charity golf event presented a significant live broadcast transmission challenge. To support this event, which turned out to be the most-watched golf telecast in the history of cable television, PSSI Global Services provided several primary and backup paths, as well as data and internet via satellite, using C-band transmission vehicles.

Live from the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, “The Match II” featured Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in an event that raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief. Attracting a peak of 6.3 million viewers, “The Match II” aired on four channels in the U.S. and internationally on CNN International.

Tags: C-band | satellite transmission | teleport | The Match II | data services | live television
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PSSI successfully engineers complex transmission of American Idol finale Posted: 27/05/2020
PSSI successfully engineers complex transmission of American Idol finale

With COVID-19 dramatically changing the way television is produced, PSSI Global Services put its engineering and live event management expertise to the test to deliver a one-of-a-kind American Idol finale to viewers nationwide.

Due to social distancing measures and restrictions on large gatherings, the contestants and judges could not meet in one location for the finale. To meet this challenge, PSSI had transmission vehicles and engineers at the final contestants' homes across the country, as well as the homes of the judges and host, Ryan Seacrest.

Meanwhile, in Burbank, California, PSSI had its CK35 mobile teleport outside the production studio to receive all the remote feeds and send back the hosts to each location, as well as provide ABC with the network backhaul. All remote and return feeds were transmitted on three transponders of Eutelsat 113 West A, using PSSI International Teleport as a point of access for PSSI’s remote engineers.

To bring all these separate venues together into a cohesive show, PSSI collaborated with Nextologies to deploy Nextologies’ NXT-4 equipment to eight of the locations. This technology enabled the production team in Burbank to control each camera remotely by tunneling into the cameras via public internet.

 

 

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PSSI Global Services and Telstra partner to expand worldwide connectivity Posted: 21/04/2020
PSSI Global Services and Telstra partner to expand worldwide connectivity

PSSI Global Services, the industry leader in live event management, transmission and connectivity solutions, has partnered with Telstra, in collaboration with R&S Consulting, to expand global media network connectivity.

Through this partnership, PSSI Global Services will utilize Telstra’s robust Global Media Network (GMN) to provide expanded connectivity throughout the world, including a critical point-of-presence at PSSI International Teleport (PIT), allowing even more transmission options for PSSI Global Services customers.

“With our customer-based approach, PSSI International Teleport is becoming a major point of connection for fiber networks across the globe,” said Bill Sciolla, vice president and general manager of PIT. “This partnership with Telstra helps position us as the leading hub for live worldwide broadcast distribution as we continue to expand our satellite, fiber and IP connectivity.”

To facilitate the partnership, PSSI Global Services and Telstra established redundant high-throughput services through PIT with full access to the GMN, including support for ASI, SDI and data connectivity. The redundant solution protocol includes two diverse routes for each transmission, assuring SLA level availability.

 

 

 

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Mo-Sys Transforms Remote Production and Virtual Studios Posted: 11/03/2020
Mo-Sys Transforms Remote Production and Virtual Studios

Mo-Sys Engineering, a global leader in real time camera tracking and camera remote systems, can now remotely operate cameras on the other side of the world, without perceived delay, with the launch of TimeCam.

TimeCam represents a triple benefit to production companies. First, there is the saving in cost and environmental impact in sending camera operators to site. Second, it means that the most in-demand operators can be much more productive, providing excellent coverage at a live event each day rather than losing time through travel. Third, it means that you can add cameras to your coverage without adding headcount: for instance, a downhill ski race might have eight cameras along the course, with one operator controlling cameras 1, 3, 5 and 7 and a second controlling 2, 4, 6 and 8.

“’Traditional’ remote production puts the control back at base, but still needs camera operators to travel to the location,” explained Mo-Sys CEO Michael Geissler. “By compensating for latency in transmission and compression/decoding, TimeCam means that operators too can stay at base and be much more productive by operating on several events, when normally they could only be on one.”

As well as unveiling TimeCam, Mo-Sys will also demonstrate its flagship virtual studio technology StarTracker, which uses a constellation of dots on the studio ceiling as a camera tracking system. This is now extensively used by many prestige broadcasters to provide the tracking for augmented reality studios and is increasingly being built-in to studio cameras.

Whereas most virtual studios use a proprietary graphics system which in turn uses the Unreal gaming engine from Epic Games, StarTracker Studio (in a 19” rack) now features the plug-in Mo-Sys VP which we like to call Unreal Unleashed, a direct interface between the camera tracking and the UE4 render engine. Through the plug-in, control is direct, and no other software layer is wrapped around the Unreal Engine allowing full access to the latest UE4 features.

“Both TimeCam and StarTracker with Unreal Unleashed are transformative technologies, capable of bringing new creativity and productivity to the broadcast and movie worlds, allowing sophisticated productions around the globe,” Geissler said.

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Tags: Mo-Sys Engineering | NAB | real time camera tracking | camera remote systems | TimeCam | virtual studio | augmented reality | latency | transmission | compression/decoding | StarTracker | Mo-Sys VP .Unreal Unleashed | UE4 render engine | turnkey | NAB 2020 | NAB 2020
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PSSI Global Services engineers massive at-home transmission for Rolex 24 Posted: 27/02/2020
PSSI Global Services engineers massive at-home transmission for Rolex 24

For NASCAR’s Rolex 24, PSSI Global Services, the industry leader in live event management, transmission and connectivity solutions, successfully engineered an at-home transmission that included delivery of 32 video paths and 150 audio paths via both satellite and AT&T Global Video Services fiber.

“This was a remarkably complex transmission for what is undoubtedly the biggest at-home transmission in the country,” said PSSI’s Director of Broadcast Sports Rick Ball. “Once again, we have continued to change the game, proving just how much can be accomplished with the right mix of expertise, experience and technology.”

Using two and a half transponders and only one amplifier, the company transmitted three different modulation schemes at the same time. The primary multiplex utilized DVB-S2X/32APSK, while the secondary program multiplex was modulated using DVB-S2X/16APSK, each at 125 Mbps. The third multiplex was 40 Mbps using DVB-S2/8PSK modulation. All together the three multiplexes, totaling 290 Mbps, occupied only 90 MHz of satellite bandwidth.

PSSI International Teleport (PIT) provided extensive hub services between the racetrack in Daytona Beach, Florida, and NASCAR headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In addition to transmission of the video and audio, PSSI Global Services was also responsible for providing comms and internet for production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: satellite transmission | fiber transmission | broadcast television | NASCAR | Rolex 24 | live television
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Making headlines: The Switch and New TR partner to bolster network reach for cross-region news gathering Posted: 22/01/2020
Making headlines: The Switch and New TR partner to bolster network reach for cross-region news gathering

The Switch, a leading provider of production services and global delivery of live video, has announced it is partnering with Turkish news agency New TR to add crucial Middle Eastern and European news hotspots to its global transmission network while enabling the Istanbul-based organization to extend its own global reach. 

To keep critical news content flowing without delay, The Switch is providing two dedicated transmission paths between its London hub and New TR’s Istanbul facility, plus a return path from Istanbul to London. New TR is also able to leverage The Switch’s fully equipped studios in New York and London for live inserts and breaking news events.

This partnership gives The Switch’s clients greater access to key news hubs in the Middle East and Europe, while giving New TR the capacity to cover international events in markets where it does not have a network presence on the ground. 

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Peter Thomas Is Honoured By The Institute of Professional Sound Posted: 20/12/2019
Peter Thomas Is Honoured By The Institute of Professional Sound

 

PMC’s founder and CEO Peter Thomas has been awarded a Fellowship by the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS) in recognition of his contribution to the professional audio industry.

IPS Chairman Simon Clark says: “We have honoured Peter for the significant impact he has had on the audio industry through pushing the boundaries of monitor design to achieve more accuracy, particularly at higher volumes. PMC’s Advanced Transmission Line system for bass loading is unique and has delivered noticeable improvements in audio quality over conventional loudspeaker design principles. It is fair to say that Peter’s work in this area has been transformative and has resulted in loudspeaker products that are the world’s reference for mastering and for the bulk of music production.”

As a charitable organisation that champions the highest quality of sound production and sound recording in all forms of broadcast, recorded, and live events, the IPS is widely respected for the support, training and networking opportunities it delivers. Its Fellowship programme is very selective – there are currently only 10 living people who hold this honour – as it is designed to recognise those who are ‘operationally outstanding in their area’.

Tags: PMC Speakrs | IPS | Peter Thomas | Fellowship Trophy | Advanced transmission Line Technology | Loudspeaker Design
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NAB Show New York: Xytech Now Shipping Latest Updates to MediaPulse 2019 Posted: 04/10/2019
NAB Show New York: Xytech Now Shipping Latest Updates to MediaPulse 2019

Xytech, the leader in facility management software for the broadcast, studio, media services and video transmission industries, is showcasing several major updates to its MediaPulse product line, now shipping, during NAB Show New York at booth N823 in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Oct. 16–17.

Tags: NAB New York | Resource Management | facility Management Software | Transmission | Personnel Management
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TVU Networks Announces Advances in AI, 4K60fps and HDR Transmission, and Remote Production Posted: 24/07/2019
TVU Networks Announces Advances in AI, 4K60fps and HDR Transmission, and Remote Production

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, will showcase 4K, HDR, 5G and AI advances for live video acquisition, cloud and remote production at its stand at the IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) this fall. TVU Networks will exhibit in Hall 2, Stand B28 during the show.

Tags: IP | IP production | TVU Networks | IBC | IBC2019 | HDR | 4K | IP transmission | mobile production | AI | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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