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Austin‘s PACT Brings TV to the People With Utah Scientific Upgrade

SALT LAKE CITY -- Nov. 13, 2007 -- Utah Scientific today announced that Public Access Community Television (PACT) in Austin, Texas, has installed a UTAH-400 routing switcher and a UTAH-300 routing switcher along with Utah Scientific‘s SC-4 control system and associated control panels for automated playback of three channels on two cable systems.

Operating on cable channels 10, 11, and 16, PACT produces an average of 300 hours of new, original television programming every week, with diverse content including inspirational, community service, politics, cooking, and music programs. Much of the programming is delivered by community members on videotape and then loaded on tape machines and encoded.

Two key selling points for the Utah equipment were ease of setup and interoperability with legacy systems, according to Garry Wilkison, general manager of PACT. “I have worked with many high-end routers for which setting up the salvos, providing indexes for the playback systems, and doing the background data entry was a process I can only describe as kludgey,” said Wilkison. “In contrast, with the Utah Scientific routers, the process was a breeze, a night-and-day comparison. To me, that‘s Utah Scientific in a nutshell - reliable equipment designed to make the customer‘s life easier, not more complicated.”

Another advantage of the UTAH-400 for PACT is that it handles the various signal formats in groups of eight rather than the more common larger blocks. That added flexibility meant PACT could more easily and cost-effectively customize a design to meet its needs.

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About PACT

Public Access Community Television (PACT) is dedicated to building community through media, providing avenues for self expression, presenting diverse points of view, promoting the principles of democracy and an informed electorate, and nurturing artistic visions. PACT strives to provide the community with access to the tools, training, transmission and programming needed to join in the PACT mission: building community through media. PACT in Austin has served as a national model for public access television and currently strives to maintain that reputation while preserving the doctrines of free speech.

About Utah Scientific, Inc.

Utah Scientific, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of analog, digital, and HDTV routing switchers, master control switchers, and related products including a full range of software for controlling and managing switching systems. The company has been serving the broadcast industry for 30 years with industry-leading products and best-in-class service and support as recognized by Frost & Sullivan with its 2005 Customer Service Leadership Award and demonstrated by the industry‘s first 10-year warranty. Additional information about the company can be found at