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Orange County TV Upgrades to HD Playout

PEG channel modernizes system

Melinda Sparks of Orange County TV keeps an eye on the channel’s program flow.

ATLANTA, GA – Orange County TV recently upgraded two of its PEG channels at its Orlando, Fla., broadcast facility. One service is Orange TV, a government information channel broadcasting since June 1995, televises programming about government services, activities and issues. The other service is Vision TV, which provides Orange County residents with locally based arts, information and educational programming for all ages.

Previously, these channels were only being broadcast on cable in SD, but Orange County has a need to also serve viewers over the web and mobile devices. BroadStream Solutions was selected as the primary playout provider to help migrate the workflow from SD to HD output for these platforms.

Orange County now has the ability to play out HD and SD feeds simultaneously using a single BroadStream integrated playout solution. The file based workflow, designed especially for Orange County, incorporates many features that enhance the quality of local programming: multiple digital video effects, squeeze-over-graphic instead of graphic over video only, graphics software that provides user-defined timing of text or graphics on any given date and time, advanced metadata integration for graphics branding and promotion, as well as picture-in-picture capability. Redundancy management with manual or fully automated failover based on SNMP traps allows the backup server to take over if required. 

“The strength of the BroadStream solution is the ability to simultaneously broadcast HD and SD content in superior quality with the result that both look beautiful,” said Michael Seif, operations manager for Orange County TV. “The ability to do a DVE squeeze over graphic instead of just graphic over video allows an extremely smooth transition that most systems do not offer.”

“All the features were already embedded into the system, so it was simply a case of opening them up when needed,” Seif said. “The workflow is very accommodating and user friendly. Throughout the commissioning and training process, the team has provided top service and support, and the user manuals are very well written and communicate clearly how the system works.”

“We are very happy to welcome Orange County TV to the growing BroadStream Solutions customer family and are pleased they are benefitting from a solution that incorporates full redundancy, stability, quality and versatility,” said Manish Sachdeva, BroadStream’s CEO.