PBS Stations Get Agile
Duhamel Taps Harris
Digeo Still Has Moxi
N2 Integrates TV Guide
BigBand Pipes Up With HD
JVC Ships JY-HD10U
PBS member stations WJCT-TV Jacksonville, Fla., and WFSU-TV Tallahassee, Fla. have selected Leitch's AgileVision MPEG-processing system as the backbone of their digital broadcast systems. Brian Lietz, VP of technology, WJCT-TV, says the AgileVision system worked right out of the box and offers flexibility for future upgrades. "Also, as we were a bit later in the DTV rollout, we were able to take advantage of newer technologies specifically designed to improve the quality and ease of the transition." WFSU-TV Director of Engineering Jim McDaniel is happy with the system's splicing abilities and HD record/playback capability.
Duhamel Broadcasting recently installed Harris PlatinumCD transmitters in the group's four TV stations. Each transmitter will be outfitted with the Harris UniCoder encoding system, providing the stations with single-channel encoding. In addition, KDUH-TV Scottsbluff, Neb., has purchased a Harris HT20LS transmitter. The other three stations are KOTA-TV Rapid City, S. D.; KHSD-TV Lead, S. D.; and KSGW-TV Sheridan, Wyo.
Digeo has set a new strategy that the company says will make its Moxi Media Center compatible with the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP). The goal, the company says, is to provide MSOs with the ability to run current and future third-party OCAP applications on Moxi. Digeo chief executive Jim Billmaier says the company already has a Java Virtual Machine running on the platform. Digeo is taking a phased approach to reaching full OCAP-compliance, working with cable operators and CableLabs to enhance OCAP to support advanced applications.
ABC Sports is using Panasonic AK-HC900 high-definition point-of-view (POV) cameras for its HD productions of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup finals and the National Basketball Association's championship series. The progressive-scan box-type HD cameras were also used extensively during broadcasts of the NHL playoff series. Supplied by rental company Fletcher Chicago, the camera weighs 3.9 pounds and has a 720-line high-definition output at 60 progressive frames per second. It also has three 2/3-inch 1 million-pixel (1280 x 720) IT CCDs.
N2 Broadband's OpenStream open video-on-demand platform has been integrated with Gemstar-TV Guide International's interactive program guide. The integration is being demonstrated at the NCTA show this week in Chicago. N2 Broadband's OpenStream VOD platform uses published interfaces to bring together the components that make up a VOD system, building integration between billing systems, video-streaming servers, content and applications. It supports both Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta digital networks and is compatible with video-streaming servers from Broadbus Technologies, Concurrent Computer, InfoValue, Kasenna, Midstream Technologies, nCUBE, SeaChange and VideoPropulsion.
BigBand Networks is demonstrating edge processing for VOD delivery of HDTV content at NCTA. In the demonstration, BigBand VOD Edge performs QAM modulation and RF upconversion of HDTV content provided from a server via Gigabit Ethernet. S.V. Vasudevan, chief architect of BigBand Networks, says the demonstration is an example of how BigBand enables emerging services like HDTV VOD and network-based personal video recorders. Operators can use BigBand HDTV for channel-lineup control and to include live HDTV and SDTV feeds multiplexed within the same channels.
JVC has begun shipping its JY-HD10U professional HD camcorder. According Robert Mueller, EVP of JVC Professional Products Co., the rollout is part of the company's "HD for the Masses" strategy. "It affirms our HD strategy and our belief that high-definition capabilities are not limited to the major broadcasters and large production houses." The camcorder will cost around $3,500. It also comes with accompanying non-linear editing (NLE) software so that the camcorder can be used with the JVC professional HD D-VHS system and JVC HDTV display products. The HD camcorder can record in both HD at 720/30p and standard definition at 480/60p or 480/60i. The two progressive modes (720/30p, 480/60p) use native 16:9 from the CCD with MPEG-2 compression.
The standard mode (480/60i) is 4:3 with DV compression. All recording is on MiniDV tape.