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April 08, 2014

Snell Provides QPTV with Digital Overhaul

By David Gutbezahl, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Queen’s Public TV (QPTV) is getting a high-definition makeover, thanks to global image processing company Snell. While many stations have been running on up-to-date equipment for some time now, QPTV has been stuck in the past, using an analog video, tape-based production set-up. Snell announced on April 6 that it will be kicking QPTV into the future, forming the backbone by giving the not-for-profit TV stations’ system a complete overhaul.

Gone are the days of analog video and tapes, as QPTV will be moving toward becoming a digital production center with high-definition capabilities. The new system will be a server-based, digital HDTV workflow that will be implemented using Snell’s own equipment, including Snell Ice Channel-in-a-Box (News - Alert), Snell Sirius 830, and Snell Morpheus.

The Snell Ice Channel-in-a-Box system will replace several racks of equipment, which will save QPTV quite a bit of space. This equipment will provide them with automated channel playout, while enabling rapid deployment of revenue-generating services. It will also help with disaster recovery.

Snell Sirius 830 is a routing switcher that will allow QPTV to control its new and old hardware through PC-based controls.

Snell Morpheus is a scalable, multi-channel and multi-screen playout automation solution. Morpheus provides QPTV and Snell’s other customers with multi-channel playout, real-time frame accurate control, device management and control, and complex event support. As QPTV will have several channels with its new system, Morpheus will allow the station to automate many playout processes and increase efficiency for QPTV.

Training and consultation in the usage of the new equipment will be provided by QPTV’s integration team at Interlink (News - Alert), Inc., a global consulting firm for television networks.

With their new system, QPTV will be able to transmit up to six SD and HD channels, while also having the ability to provide video on demand through cable companies and mobile devices. The QPTV channels will be available to watch for any subscribers of RCN Cable Systems, Time Warner Cable of New York City, and Verizon (News - Alert) FiOS. 

Edited by Alisen Downey

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