Rennes (France), September 18, 2017 – TeamCast, the world-renowned leader in digital modulation technologies for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), Wireless Transmission and Satellite Applications, is proud to announce that the Project it contributed to has been honoured at the Innovation Awards Ceremony which took place on September 17th in Amsterdam.
The Next Generation of Broadcast Platform project is conducted by Sinclair Broadcast Group in the USA with the support of ONE Media and TeamCast. This project reconsiders the traditional way of deploying and operating a Terrestrial Broadcasting Network. Major differences are the “small cell” network topology approach and the implementation of a standard agnostic and centralized transmitting technology as implemented by TeamCast.
Beyond conceptual definition, development and laboratory experimentation, SBG has validated this promising concept in real life, over the air testing with the support of ONE Media and TeamCast. This ATSC 3.0 Single Frequency Network Baltimore experiment, which started in March 2016, quickly turned into a first deployment during the second quarter of 2017, with the addition of a third transmitter, allowing SBG to refine the field experiment and acquire the enriched experience needed for the nationwide deployment to come.
On June 19, 2017, this Project was first placed on the short list for the IBC Innovation Award, in the Content Distribution Category, and eventually received the “Highly Commended” Award at the Award Ceremony on September 17th.
Eric Pinson, Business Unit Manager at TeamCast, says: “We are very proud and honoured to receive this prestigious Highly Commended Award alongside SBG and ONE Media. This highlights a growing interest for this very new innovative and non-traditional way of designing, deploying and operating a Terrestrial DTV infrastructure. One of the key challenges for TeamCast designers has been to implement the centralized network architecture concept, as required for this project, onto a turned-key and ready-to-deploy solution.”
From left to right: Kevin Cage, EVP of Strategic Development and CTO of ONE Media, The IBC Award Ceremony Presenter, Mark Aitken, VP of Advanced Technology for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Eric Pinson, Business Unit Manager at TeamCast.