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PSSI combats 5G C-band interference Posted: 16/12/2021
PSSI combats 5G C-band interference

In response to the FCC mandate that the lower six C-band transponders can no longer be used to land traffic in the U.S., PSSI Global Services has invested heavily in a comprehensive program to assist in identifying and mitigating the effects of 5G interference.

Tags: 5G interference | C-band | satellite transmission
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PSSI builds out transmission vehicle to support WWE Posted: 05/10/2021
PSSI builds out transmission vehicle to support WWE

PSSI Global Services has upgraded its dual-dish CK27 truck to provide comprehensive support for WWE’s evolving transmission needs. The new and improved vehicle made its debut on Sept. 25 at Friday Night Smackdown, and was then utilized for the Extreme Rules PPV on Sept. 26 and Monday Night Raw on Sept. 27.

Tags: WWE | satellite transmission | satellite truck | live television
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Telstra Expands Americas Broadcast Business with New U.S. Broadcast Operations Center and Growing Partnership with PSSI Global Services Posted: 22/06/2021
Telstra Expands Americas Broadcast Business with New U.S. Broadcast Operations Center and Growing Partnership with PSSI Global Services

Telstra Broadcast Services (TBS) is expanding its presence in the United States with the launch of a new Broadcast Operations Center (BOC) at the PSSI International Teleport (PIT) in Pittsburgh. The new BOC supports Telstra’s ongoing work to seamlessly deliver content worldwide, and the partnership enables opportunities for high-profile broadcast programming, including major sporting and entertainment events, to reach new audiences and expand viewership into more international markets.

Tags: transmission services | live television | broadcasting | broadcast television
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Nextologies and PSSI Global Services Win 2020 IABM Collaboration Award for the SpaceX Live Launch and Splashdown Shows Posted: 07/12/2020
Nextologies and PSSI Global Services Win 2020 IABM Collaboration Award for the SpaceX Live Launch and Splashdown Shows

Nextologies, a custom end-to-end video broadcast solutions provider, and mobile broadcasting company PSSI Global Services were joint recipients of the International Association of Broadcast and Media (IABM) BaM Award® for best collaboration in a media project in 2020.

The virtual awards event, held Dec, 2, 2020, represented outstanding innovation and achievement in the media category. The BaM Award® winners are chosen from 10 individual categories, and the judging was carried out by a panel of more than 40 non-affiliated, expert judges, each with specialist expertise in one or more of the awards categories.

Tags: IABM awards | broadcasting | television | SpaceX | live events
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PSSI steps in to provide last-minute solution for election coverage Posted: 06/11/2020
PSSI steps in to provide last-minute solution for election coverage

When TF1 France called PSSI Global Services in need of a last-minute replacement for a rooftop flyaway system intended to facilitate coverage of the 2020 U.S. election, PSSI jumped into action to provide a fast and seamless IP solution.

Tags: election | IP | transmission | uplink
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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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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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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.

 

 

 

Tags: satellite | fiber | transmission | broadcast | teleport | connectivity
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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