DST Designs new TV facility for San Bernadino Valley
January 16, 2004
Digital System Technology (DST), a Norcross, Georgia-based systems integrator, has completed work on a multichannel digital television facility for The Inland California Television Network (ICTN), a new local television service in the San Bernardino Valley.
ICTN currently offers a live newscast produced on a ParkerVision CR16 live production automation system and an Avid iNews computerized newsroom automation system.
ICTN, established and managed by California State University, San Bernardino, is an automated facility offering four simultaneous program streams. It covers an area of over three million people.
The university directed $1.2 million in federal funding toward the purchase of digital television equipment to develop a headend for the new regional cable network that links 15 municipal government channels. This funding led to the development of ICTN to cablecast local news, public affairs, educational and other local programming for the San Bernardino Valley. DST was contracted to provide CAD drawings of the systems design followed by full integration.
ICTN currently offers a live newscast produced on a ParkerVision CR16 live production automation system. It also uses an Avid iNews computerized newsroom automation system, as well as a Blueline automation system in master control that ties to limited local storage and a seven-terabyte DVD archival system.
A Ross Talia 64x64 router ties to every source in the facility to allow for file distribution, virtually eliminating the need for tape during the production process. The router is HDTV-capable in the event ICTN decides to incorporate HD programming in the future.
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