Azzurro Integration Migrates Scripps to HD -

Azzurro Integration Migrates Scripps to HD

Publish date:

The multiphase engineering project to enable HD/SD playout direct from the server for existing and future Scripps Networks programming services at the company's Knoxville, TN, playout facility is complete. Azzurro Systems Integration (ASI), the technology behind the project, made the announcement last week. In addition to DIY Network and Fine Living Network, Scripps’ popular content channels include the Food Network, HGTV, Great American Country and the recently acquired Travel Channel.

“Our decision to award our Broadcast Operations expansion to Azzurro Systems Integration was based on their team’s historical and extensive integration successes and our 16- year relationship,” said John Ajamie, Scripps SVP, Broadcast Operations & Media Logistics. “As projected, the ASI team completed our project on time, on budget and without a technical or operational disruption.”

The ASI team, led by senior project manager Steven Sabin, designed and installed fully redundant HD signal paths for each of the existing networks – plus future HD/SD program streams, some of which are to be used for the Travel Channel playout – in parallel with the existing playout systems. In addition, new Miranda Vertigo branding, Evertz master control switchers, fiber cards, SCTE 104 data embedders and signal processing were integrated into the workflow. The facility's Grass Valley router capacity was upgraded from 128x128 to 256x256, and the Omneon video server system was given increased storage capacity and supplementary HD playout ports. Additional Omnibus Colossus playout channels were added to support the new infrastructure.

The project also included the design and installation of a new fail over control system using the DNF GTP-32 solution. This allowed either of the two master control rooms to control the changeover of any of the 17 playout paths. The entire project upgrade was accomplished seamlessly and with no disruption to any on-air content.

Steve Sabin, added, ”I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Scripps technical operations team. The collaboration and team spirit was fundamental in this process and allowed us to develop and successfully complete an aggressive project plan that had challenges due to the nature of being a 24/7 on air facility.”


Image placeholder title

Panasonic's HD Integrated Camera

Panasonic has announced the AW-HE130, a pan/tilt/zoom camera incorporating high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3” 3-MOS imagers that produce pictures even in low light conditions.

NewTek Portable HD Production Starts Tour

NewTek will soon inaugurate "NewTek TriCasts America: Varsity Tour." From May 11-June 9, 2010, NewTek goes on the road in what could be the world’s smallest, HD live television production vehicle, demonstrating the newly launched TriCaster TCXD850, and 3PLAY, a portable, multi-channel HD/SD slow motion replay system.

360 Systems’ HD Servers Now Compatible

360 Systems’ new MAXX-1200HD and 2400HD servers are now JPEG-2000 file-compatibility with Grass Valley’s Infinity camcorder and Edius NX workstation.   The 10-bit images created in JPEG-2000 by Grass Valley’s Infinity camcorder can now be directly imported to 360 System’s HD servers without transcoding. Wrapped as MXF


TVOne's HD/SD-SDI Switcher

The S2 108HD eight input SD HD SDI switcher is the latest addition to TV One's CORIOflex system.  Capable of switching between eight separate inputs of SD SDI or HD SDI signals, this new unit may be used standalone or added

Alpha Video Integrates HD Control Room at Fenway

Minneapolis, MN--Alpha Video's Sports & Entertainment Group has partnered with Sony Electronics to integrate the high definition video replay control room at historic Fenway Park. In the final year of a ten-year plan to renovate and improve its beloved home, the Boston Red Sox will be installing a trio of high de

Streamlining SD & HD Subtitling in Budapest

Hungarian broadcaster Origo TV has installed an automated subtitling and Teletext solution, based on Softel Swift and Cyclone technology, at its Budapest headquarters. The installation allows the broadcaster to meet requirements for subtitling and Teletext across its four channels, with the capability for live subtitl

Panasonic Expands HD Projector Lineup

Panasonic has introduced the PT-LZ370U, a full HD, 3,000 lumen LCD projector.   With 1920 x 1080 resolution, the PT-LZ370U provides high definition projection for presentations with detailed images or when showing Blu-ray or HD content. In addition to presentation environments, the projector is ideal for applicatio