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Mass. PEG Channel Picks Tightrope Media’s ‘Cablecast SXHD’

SXHD enables PCTV to more efficiently automate content across three cable channels

Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV), a Massachusetts public, education and government (PEG) channel, has selected Tightrope Media System’s new Cablecast SXHD platform to incorporate high-definition (HD) programming.

Cablecast SXHD enables PCTV to more efficiently automate content across three cable channels using the company’s range of Cablecast automation and video server solutions, says Tightrope Media Systems, a manufacturer of broadcast automation hardware and software.

PCTV, which services the Pittsfield, Dalton and Richmond communities, produces and broadcasts programming for three channels: Access Pittsfield, a public access channel; Pittsfield ETV, showing educational programming; and Citylink, a government channel. Each channel provides interactive bulletin boards, video-on-demand and live web streaming through the Cablecast SXHD, Tightrope Media says.

The Cablecast SXHD video server supports three channels (one in, two out), multi-format standard-definition (SD) and HD encoding and decoding, and built-in content storage, according to Tightrope Media. PCTV has also established file-based workflows using Cablecast SXHD enabling the facility to work more efficiently by moving away from tape-based studio operations, the company says.

“Cablecast SXHD is the central heart-pumping system for everything that runs through here,” said Shawn Serre, PCTV’s chief engineer. “That seamless integration means we’re not dealing with a lot of different components and vendors that don’t work together. It makes the entire operation very reliable.”

Tightrope Media says the Cablecast SXHD video server supports native playout of many different file formats, including MPEG2 I-Frame only (up to 100 megabits per second) and DVCPro HD and SD. That helps PCTV retain video quality and eliminate cumbersome content transcoding processes that many facilities experience upon migration to file-based workflows, the company adds.