Crispin, LINX Team For PSIP Solution

(March 22, 2004) New York, NY--Crispin Corporation and LINX Electronics have joined forces to provide an automated realtime DTV PSIP solution. The solution has already been implemented at Liberty Corporation's WAVE-DT, Louisville, KY; WTOL-DT, Toledo, OH; and WIS-DT, Columbia, SC.
"The major obstacle that has delayed PSIP implementation by broadcasters was prior PSIP systems' dependence on manual entry of PSIP data or the use of data from listing services." said Steve Smith, vice president of engineering and technology, Liberty Corporation. "TVLinx PSIP integrated with Crispin automation provides realtime, up-to-the-second PSIP based on actual on air events at master control. The current interface to Wide Orbit Traffic systems provides the program start time and title and other data, and will in the future provide all of the DTV program metadata. The LINX and Crispin solution is the first and only known realtime system available, and met all of our expectations at our initial installation. Our other DTV stations will be on line by summer."
Crispin's dynamic PSIP updating interface to LINX Electronics software, TVLinx, and the traffic software help broadcasters and others manage the DTV transition. WAVE and WIS use Wide Orbit's traffic system to generate the schedule complete with individual program title and details. This day-of-air schedule is loaded into Crispin's RapidPlayX 2000 and automatically sent to the Crispin Device Server for execution. Once the schedule is loaded into the Crispin System and the operator places an event to air, a schedule consisting of current airing program and future airing program information will be sent to the LINX system. Each time a new program is played to air, Crispin sends an updated schedule to the LINX system with all future programs information. The LINX system will process the information and control the necessary PSIP equipment as needed. TVLinx includes an encoder interface, allowing auto-configuring of PSIP tables via an Ethernet link.
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